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G L O S S A R Y, 

Exphuning the old and obfcure Words. 

volumjP the second. 


Printed for J. and R. Tonson in the Strand. 




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The legend of Cambell and Tblamonp^ 

or of FriehdQup. . 


The rugged forehead, that with grave forefight 
Wields king^otm caufes, and affairs of ftac^ . 
My loofcr rhimes, I woce, doth fharpiy wite» 
For praifing L^ve aa.I have done ot late. 
And ipagoifying lovers dear debase ^ 
By which frail youth is oft to folly led. 
Through falfc ailuDement of that pleating bait^ 
That better were in vcrtucs difcipled^ 
Than with vain poems weeds to have their fancies fed*; 

Such ones ill judge of Love<i that cannot love. 
Ne in their frozen hearts feel kindly flame : 
Forthy they ought not thing unknown reprove, 
Ne natural afiedbion faultlefs blame, 
For fault of few that have abus'd the fame. 
For it of honour and all vertue is 
The root, and brings forth glorious flowres of fame. 
That crown true lovers with immortal blifs. 

The meed of them that love, and do not live amifs. 
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^Which wbofo lift look b^ick u> former ages. 

And call to count the thing^ that then were done. 

Shall find tnat al) tKe works of thofc wife Sages, 

^d bi^ve^c^loks which great hereoep woq,- ^ - 

in Love were ei^er ended or bc^un : -^ 

Witnefs the father of philofophy, 

Which to his CrMaSj fliaded oft from fun. 

Of Love full many letibns did ^pply* 

The which thefe ftoick cenfors cannot well deny« 
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^e fiich therefore tio not fing at all^ .. 

But to that facred faint my foveraine Queen, 

In whofe chalte breaft all bounty natural. 

And treafures t)f true Love enlocked been, 

*Bove all her fex that ever yet was leen ; 

To her I fing of Love, that loveth bcft, 

And beft is )ov'4 of all alive I ween : 

To her this fong mod fitly is addreft. 

The Queen of Love, andPrinceof peacefromheavenbleft* 


Which that Ihe may the better deign to heart ' 
Do thou dred Infant, Fenus dearlii^g dove, 
From her high fpirit chafe imperious fear. 
And ufe of awful majefty remove : 
Inftead thereof with drops of melting Love, 
Dew'd with ambrofial kiHes, by thee gotten 
From thy fweet fnlilbg mother from above, 
. Sprinkle her heart, and haughty courage foften^ 

Th^t flie may heark to Love, and rea4 this leffiyn often. 


. • " • . . . . 

C A N T O L 

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pjrr Bricomart Tivw Amoret : 

DueiTa difcora breeds^ 
^wsxt Scudamour and Blandamour s . 

Tbdr fight and warlike deeds^ . 


Of lovers fad calamities of old. 
Full many piteous Tories do remain t 
But none more piteous ever was ytold5 
Than that of Anwrtts heart-binding chain^r^ 
And this of'Flmmeds ui^worthy pain : ? 

The dear compaflioaojf whbfe bittter fit . . 
My ibftned heart fo forely doth conftrainy 
That t with tears full oft do pity it. 

And oftentimes do wiAx it never had been writ. 


For from the time that Scudamour her bought 
In p«r*Ious fight, fhe never joyed day, 
A perilous fight when he with force her brought 
From twenty Knights that did him all afiay : 
Yet fairly well he did them all difmay : . 
And with great glory both the fhield of Love> 
And eke the Lady felf he brought away ; 
Whom having wedded as did him behove, 

A new unknowen mifchief did from him remove* 


For that fame vile enchanter Bufiran^ 
The very felf fame day that (he was wedded, 
Amidft the bridal feaft, whilft every man 
Sufcharg'd with wine, were heedlefs and ill-headed^ 
AH bent to mirth before the bride was bedded. 
Brought in that maCk of love which late was (howai 
And there the Lady ill of friends beftedded. 
By way of fport, as oft in mafks is known. 

Conveyed quite away to living wight unkoownt 





Gt r tn m o n ths he lb her kept inr-bitter finart, 
Becaufe his finful luft flie would not ferve. 
Until fuch titnd as noble Britomarl 
Rekafed her, that elfc was like to fterve, . 
Through crad knife that her dear heart did kerve. 
And now (he is with her upon the way. 
Marching in lovely wife that could deferve 
No fpot of blame, though foite did oft aflay 

To blot her with diihonour of fo fair a prey. 

Yet (hould it be a pleafant tale to tell 
The diverfc ufage and demeanure daint. 
That each to other made, as oft befell. 
For Amaret right fearful was and faint. 
Left flic with blame her honour Ihould attaint, , . 
That every word did tremble as flie fpake. 
And every look was coy, and wondrous quaint, * 
And every limb that touched her did quake : 

YetcouW flic not but courteous countenance to her make. 


For well flie wift, as true it was indeed. 
That her life's Lord, and patron of her health. 
Right well dcferved as his dueful meed. 
Her Love, her fervice, and her utmoft wealth. 
All is his juftly, that all freely dealth : 
Nath*lefs her honour dearer than her life. 
She fought to fave, as thing referv'd from ftealth ; 
Dye had flie liefer with enchanters knife. 

Than to be falfe in Love, profcft a virgin wife. 


Thereto her fear was made fo much the greater 
Through fine abufion of that Briton maid : 
Who for to hide her feigned fex the better. 
And mask her wounded mind, both did and faid 
^ Full many things fo doubtful to be weighed 
" That well flie wift not what by them to guefs: * 
For otherwhiles to her flie purpofe made 
Of Love, and otherwhiles of luftfulnefs. 

That mudi flicfcar'd his mind would grow to lomeexccfs. 



Dis will fhe fcar'd i Tor him fhe furrly thought 
To be a «ti)» fuch .as. indeed be feem'd ; 
And much the more, by that he lately wrought, 
WboD her fxom deadly thtialdome he redeem*d^ 
For which no fcrvice (he too much ei^eem'd ; 
Yet dread of (hame^ and doubt of £>ul dilhonour, 
Mafle }>er not yield fo oiuch, as ditfe flie deem'd. 
Yet Britomart attended duly on her, 

As well became a Knight, and did to iier aU honour. ' 


It fo befell ane evening, that they caoijc 
Unta a caftle, lodged there to be. 
Where many a Knight, and many alovely Dame 
Was then aflembied, deeds of arms to fee : • 
Amongft ail which was none more fair- than fhe. 
That many of them mov^d to eye her fore. - 

The ctfftom of that place was fuch, chat he 
Which had no Love nor Leman there ia (lore. 

Should either win him one, or lye -without the doot. 


Amongft the reft there was a jolly Knight, 
Who being asked for his Love, avow'd 
That faireft jAb^^/ was his by right. 
And offred that to juftifie aloud. 
The Wi^r^like virgin, feeing his Ib-^ud 
And boaftful eballenge, wexed inly wroth^ « 
Buc for the prefent dki her anger (hroud ; 
And faid, her Love to lofe Oie was full loth. 

But either he fliould neither of them have, or both« 


So forth they went, and both together giufted ; 
But that fame you nicer foon was over*thrown» 
And made repent, that he had raihly lufVed 
For thing unlawful that was not his own : 
Yet fince he feemcd valiant, though unknown. 
She that no lefs was courteous than ftout, 
Caft how to falve, that both the cu(l6m (hown 
Were kept, and yet that Knight not locked out % 

That feemSd full hard t'accord two things fo far in doub€« 

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The Senrfchal was calPd to deem the right i 

Whom fhe requirM, that firft fair AmorA > . 

Might be to her allow'd, as to a Knight, 
That did her win^ and free from challenge let : 
Which ftraight to her wai yielded without let. . 
Then fmce that ftrange Knights Lore ftom: him was 
She dainci'd that to her fel^ as Ladies debt, [quitted. 
He as a Knight might juftly be admitted: 

So none ihould be out-Ihut, (ince ail of Loves were fitted. 


With that her gliftring helmet (he unlac'd ; 

Which doft, her golden locks, that were up-bound 
Still in a knot^ unto her heeb down trac'd. 
And like a filken veil in compafs round 
About her back and all her body wound : 
Like as the fhining iky in fummers night. 
What time the days with fcorching heat abound. 
Is creafted all with lines of firy light. 

That it prodigious feems in common peoples fight. 


Such when thofe Knights and Ladies ali about 
Beheld her, all were with amazement fmit. 
And every one 'gan grow in fecret doubt 
Of this and that according to each wit. 
Some thoughc^that fome enchauatment feigned it: 
Some, that hiUam in that warlike wife 
To them appeared, with fhield and armour fit \ 
Some that it was a maik of ftrange diiguife: 

So 4iverfiy each one did fundry doubts devife. 


But that young Kniffht, which through her gende deed 
Was to that goodfy fellowfliip reftor'd. 
Ten thoufand thanks did yield her for her meed. 
And doubly overcomen, her ador'd : 
So did they all their former (Irife accord ; 
. And eke fair Atnoret^ now freed from fear. 
More frank aifedion did to her afford. 
And to her bed, which ihe \vas wont forbear, 

Now freely drew, and found rigl\|: fafe aflur^np^ thcrCt 


Where all that higbt they of their Loves did trea^ 
Afid hatd adventures 'twixt themfelves aloocy 
That each the other 'gan with pafiton greac. 
And grief-full pity privately be-taione. 
The morrow next, fo foon as TUan ihone^ 
They boti) up^rofe, and to their ways them digbt t 
Long wandfcd they, yet never met with one 
That to their wills could them dire A aright. 

Or to them tidings tell> that mote their heart) delight* 


Lothus they rodi, till at the Jaft; the$^ fptdd .- 
Two frmcd Knights, that toward them did pace. 
And each of them had riding by his fide . 
A Lady, Teeming in fo far. a fpace : 
But Ladies, none they were, albe in face 
And outwaird fhew fair femblaoce they did bear 1 
For under maik of beauty and good graoe» 
Vile treafon and foul falfhobd hidden were. 

That mote to none but to the waryrwife appear* <> 


The one of them, the falfe Dueffa bight. 
That now had chang'd her former wonted hue: 
For ihe could don fo many (hapes in fight. 
As ever could Cameleon colours new ; 
So could ihe forge all colours, fave the true. 
The other, no whit better was than (he. 
But that fuch as /he was, fhe plain did fiiew ; 
Yet otberwifc much worfe, if worfe might be. 

And daily more ofienfive unto each degree. 


Her name was Jii^ fnother of debate. 
And all dlfiention, which doth daily grow 
Amongfl; frail men, that many a publick ftate . 
And many a private oft doth over-throw. 

- Her falfe Dueffa^ who full well did know 
To be.moft lit to trouble noble Knights 
Which hunt for honour, railed from below 
Out of the dwellings of the damned fprights, 

\yhere Ihe in dark^efii j/aftes her curfedd^ysaad nights^ 


Hard bf the gMs of Hell her dweU&g is. 
There whereas all the plagues and hanns abound. 
Which puniih wicked men, that walk anufs : 
It is a darkfome delve far under. ground. 
With thorns and barren brakes onvtrond rounds 
That none die fame may eafily out^win i 
Yet many ways to enter may be found. 
But none to iflUe forth when one is in : 

For difcord harder is to end than to- b^iiu 


And all within, the riven walls were hung. 
With ra^ed monuments of times fore-paft % 
All which the fad tSe&s of difcord fung : 
There were rent robes, and broken fcepters plac'd 
Altars defil'd, and hdy things defaced, 
DifhiverM fpears, and (hields ytorn in twain 
Great cities ranfackt, and ftrong caftles ras'd. 
Nations captived, and huge armies flain : 

Of ail which ruins th^re fome reliques did remain. 

There was the fign of antique Babylon, 
Of iatal Thebes, of Rome tfiat reigned long. 
Of facred Salem, and fad Ilion, 
For memory of which, on high there hong 
The golden apple (caufe of all their wrong) 
For which the three fair Goddefles did ftrive : 
There alio was the name of Nimrod ftrong. 
Of Jlexander^ and his Princes five. 

Which ihar'd to them the fpoils that he had got alive. 

And there the reliques of the drunken fray. 
The which amongft the Lapitbees befell. 
And of the bloody feaft, which fent away 
So many Centaurs drunken fouls to hell. 
That under great /ffddes fury fell i 
And of the dreadful difcord, which did drive 
The noble Argonauts to out-rage feH, 
That each of life fought others to deprive, [ftrive. 

Ail mindkfs s>f the golden-fltece, which made them 


And eke of private perfons many moc. 

That were too long a work to count them all ; * 
Some of fworn friends, that did their faith foi:goc : 
Some of born brethren proved unnatural; 
Some of dearJovers, foes perpetual : 
Witnefs their broken bands there to be feeh. 
Their girlorfds rent, their bo wres dcfpoiled all ; 
• The monuments whereof there bideing been, 
As plain as at the firft, when they were hrih and green; 


Such was her-houfe within ; but all without. 
The barren ground was full of wicked weeds. 
Which (he her Mf had fowen all about, 
Now growen great, at firft of little feeds, 
The feeds of evil words, and faflious deeds ; 
Which when to ripenefs due they growen are. 
Bring forth an infinite increafe, that breeds 
Tumultuous trouble and contentious jar. 

The whidh moft often end in blood-fiied and in war« 


And thofe fame curfed feeds do alfo ferve 
To her for bread, and yield her living food : 
For life it is to her, when others fterve 
Through mifchievous debate, and deadly feud. 
That fhe may fuck their life, and drink their blood. 
With which fhe from her childhood had been fed. 
For (he at firft was born of hellifh brood. 
And by infernal Furies nourifhed. 

That by her monftrous Ihape might eafily be read. 


Her face moft foul and filthy was too fee, 
With fquinted eyes contrary ways intended. 
And loathly mouth, unmeet a mouth to be. 
That nought but gall and venom comprehended. 
And wicked words, that God and man offended : 
Her lying tongue was in two parts divided. 
And both the parts did fpeak, and both contended ; 
And as her tongue, fo was her heart difcided. 

That never thoughtone thing,butdoubly-Jlill was guidet^i. 



Als as (he double fpake, fo heard ibe doubht^ ' . • 
With -matchlefs ears deformed and diftort, 
FillM with talfe rumours and feditious troubltfy 
Brdd in ^ffemblies* of the vulgar fort, 
That ftill arc .led with every light report. 
And as her ears, fo eke her feet were odd. 
And much unlike ; th' one long, the other fhort^ 
And both mifplac'd, that when th' one forward yp^e^ 

The other back retired, and contrary trodt. 


Likewife unequal were her handis twaint 
That one did reach, the other pulht away i 
That one did make, the other mar'd again. 
And fought to bring all things unto decay ^ 
Whereby great riches, gather*d many a day. 
She in fhort fpace did often bring to nought. 
And their pofleflbrs often did difmay. 
For all her (ludy was, aiid all her thought, [ wrought^ 

How ihe might overthrow £he things that concord 


So much her malice did her might furpafi. 
That ev*n th* Almighty felf (he did malign, 
Becaufe to man fo merciful he was. 
And unto all his creatures fo benign, 
Sith fhe herfelf was of his grace indign : 
For all this worlds fair workmanihip (he tride, 
Unto his la(t confufion to bring. 
And that great golden chain quite^ to divide. 

With which it bleflfed concord hath together tide- 


Such was that Hag, which with Dueffa rode ; 
And ferving her in her malicious ufe. 
To hurt good Knights, was as it were her bawd. 
To fell her borrow'd beauty to abufe. 
For though like withered tree, that wantcth juice, 
She old and crooked were, yet now of late. 
As frefh and fragrant as the flowre-deluce 
' She was beqpme, by change of her eftate, 

And made full goodly joyance to her new found mate* 

CmtoL THE FAIRY queen: ij 


Her mate he wasajoUy youthful Knight, 
That bore great fway in arms and chivalry. 
And was ipdeed a man of mickle might : 
His name was Biand^mour^ that did defcry 
His fickle mind full of inconftancy. 
And now biaifeif he fitted had right well^ 
With two conipanions of like quality, 
Faithlefs Duejfa, and falfe PariMh 

Tha( whciher were more falfe, full hard it is to tell. 


Now when this Gallant, with his goodly crew. 
From far efpide the famous Britomart^ 
Like Knight adventurous in outward view. 
With his fair Paragon (his conquefls part) 
Approching nigh^ efcfoons his wanton heart 
Was tickled with delight, and jefting fakl \ 
Lo there. Sir ParideU^ for your defart. 
Good luck preients you with yond lovely maid. 

For pity that yo want a fellow for your aid, 


By that the lovely pair drew nigh to hond : 
Whom whenas Parideli more plain beheld, 
Albe in heart he like afFeftion fond. 
Yet mindful bow he late by one was fel'd. 
That did thofe arms and that fame fcutchion weld. 
He had fmall lull: to buy his Love fo dear : 
But apfwer'd. Sir, him wife I never held. 
That having once efcaped peril near. 

Would ^terwards afreih the fleeping evil rear. 


This Knight too late^hts manhood and his might 
I did aifay, that me right dearly cod ; 
Ne lift I for revenge provoke new fight, 
Ne for light Ladies love, that foon is loft*. 
The hot-ipur youth fo fcorning to be croft. 
Take then to you this Dame of mine quoth he. 
And 1 without your peril, or your coft. 
Will challenge yond lame other tor my fee 

So forth he fiercely prickC) that one him fcarce could fee.. 



The warlike Urit^^mefi her foon addreft; 
And with fiich uncouth welcome did receive ' 

, Her feigned Paramour, her forced |[ticfft. 
That being foic'd his faddle fooa to leave, 
Himfelf he did of his new I^ve deoeinre : : 1 

And madp himfelf th'enfamplfe of his fally> 
Which done fhe pafled forth not taking leavc^ 
And left him now as fad as whilom^ jp^y* 

Well {y\^iicd to bewiice with whomhedar'd to diklf.- 


Which when his odier company bdieidt 

They to his fuccour raa^ with ready ^ddd : • 1 

And finding htm vmablc once to w<fi^. 
They reared him on horfe-baok^^aiKl up-flayd^ 
Till Oft: his |i¥3y they had him forth caavay'd :* . 
And ail the way with wondrous .grief of miiid 
And fhame, he iheV^ himfelf to be dtflaay^d, 
Mo/e for the Love which he had:le£tbehtiidv 

Than that which, he had to Sir F^ofvdett lefighM. : 


Nath'lefs, he f6rth did march well as hfffmight, : . > 
And madfe good Xeriiblaacc to his'^omfmny,. 
DilTembiing his difeafe and cviLfdigbit; i . : : 
Till that ere long they chanced to e(py 
Two other Knights, that tbwaeds them did phf 
With fpcedy courfe, as- ben[t tb charge them newi i 
Whom whenas Bltrndunmar^ ap^rocfaiag nigh, : ^ 
Perceiv'd to be fuch as they feem'dr:in view. 

He was full woe, and *gan his former grief rencw^ 


For th*one of them he pcrfedly dcrcridb, 
To be Sir Scudamour by that he bore 
The God of Love, with wings difpktyed wide ; 
Whom mortally he hated evermore 
Both for his worth (that all men did adore) 
And eke becaufe his Love he won by right : 
Which when he thought, it grieved him full fore. 
That through the bruifes of his former fight. 

He now unable was to wreak his ^Id ddpigbt. 



Forthy he thuft to P»iM befpdc^ 
Fair Sir, -of^^^idChip let me now you ptzf^ 
That as I iaie ad^«ntur'd for your fake. 
The hurts wher^ me now from battie flay. 
Ye will me jftew with like good turn repay^ 
And j«fti(ie my cauie on yonder Knight. 
Ah Sir ! ^d PanM^ do not dilmay 
Your felf for tjiis s my f^lf will for you fight. 

As ye have dqiie for me ; the left hand ruba the liglkL 

With that he put hk i^urs UAto'his fteed, - 
With fpear in reft, and toward him did faie^ 
Like (haft out of a bow preYeAting fpeed. 
But Scudamour was (hortly well aware 
Of his appMach, and 'gan himfelf prepare 
Him to tweive with cntertainmeni: meet* 
So furioufly .(hf;y;inet, that either bar$ 
The other down under their hodes feet, 

Ttett whet of^cfD became, thomiely^ did fcarcelywieec*' 


As when two bilbwft in the Iriih founds^ 
Forcibly driven with contrary tides. 
Do meet together,, each aback rebounds 
With roaring rj^( and da&ii^ on all fides. 
That filleth all &be fea wi(h foame, divides 
The doubtful current into divers ways ; 
So fell thofe two ki fpigfat of both their pr idea ; 
But Scudam0ur faiqofelf did foot) up-raife. 

And mounting ligjbit» his foe for lying long .upbrays. 


Who rolled on an heap, lay ftill in fwound. 
All carelefs of his taunt and bitter rail : 
Till that the reft him feeing iye on ground^ 
Ran haftily, to weet what did him ail. 
Where finding (bat the breath 'gan him to fail. 
With bufie care they ftrove him to awake. 
And dofc his helmet, and undid his mail : 
So much they did, that at the laft they brake 

His number, yet fo 'mazed^ that he nothing fpake.. 

gi THE FAIRY queen: BookllT.^ 


Which whenas BlanJamdm' bthtld^ he faid, 
Falfe fakour Scudamour^ that haft by flight 
And foul advantage this good Knight difmay'd 
A Knight much belter than thy lelf behight i 
Well fali^ it thee that I am not in plight^ 
This day, ^o wreak the damage bf th*e done v ^ 
Such is thy wo(n:, tbal^U when any knigKt 
Is wetfk Aed, then thocr doft him ovcr-min % 

Sa haft: thoa to thy i^I# fatfe honour ofMHiiW. 


He little anfJrer^d, \M in manly hetrt ^ ' 
His mighty indignadon did forbear? 
Which was not yet fo fecret, but feme part 
Thereof did in his frownihg face appear : 
Like as a gloomy cloud, the which doth bear 
An hideoug^ftorm, is by the northern Waft 
Quite over-blown, yet doth not pafs 9i clear,. 
But that it all the flcy doth over*caft 

.Wtbdarknefs dred, and threatens alt the world to waftc/ 


Ah ! gentle Knight, then falfe Duejfa faid. 
Why do ye ftrive for Ladies lote fo fore, 
Whofe chief defire is love and friendly aid 
Mongft gentle Knights to nouriih evermore ? 
Ne be ye wroth Sir Scudanmr tberdbiV) 
That Ihe your Love lift love another Knight, 
Ne do your felf diOike awhit the more i 
For Love is free, and led with felf delight, 

Ne will enforced be with maifterdera oc might. 


So falfe Lueffa : but vile Ati thus j 
Both foolifh Kn%hts, I can but laugh at both. 
That ftrive and ftorm with ftir outrageous. 
For her that each of you alike doth Uarh, 
And loves another, with whom now Ihe go*th 
In lovely wife, and fleeps, and fports, and plays j 
Whirft both you here with many a curfcd oath, 
Swear flic is yours, and ftir up bloody /rays. 

To win a. willow-bough, whilft ochcr wears the biys. • 

OmtoL THE FAltiY (Ijjlikit. ly 


Vik H»^ faid Saidammtr^ why doft thou IjtV 

And talfly feek'ft a vertuous wight to Jhame ? ^ 

Fon^ Knight, faid Ihe, the thing that with this tft 
I faw, why ftould I doubt to tell the fame ? 
Then tcll» quoth Blandamomr^ and fear no blame^ 
Tefl whitt thou faw*ft, maulgre who-fo it hears. • 
I faw quoth fbe, a ftranger Knight, whofc oan)6 
I wote not well, but in his Ihield he beats 
(That well i wote) the heads of many brdken lpeat^« 

I (aw him have your Am$rtt at wdl, ' - 

I faw him kifs^ I faw him her embrace, 
I faw him fleep with her all night his fill. 
All many nights, and many by in placfe. 
That prefent were to teftifie the cafe. 
Which whenas Scudatnour did'hear^ his heart 
Was thrild with inward grief^ as when ii^ chace 
The Parthian ftrikes a Stag with (hivering dart^ ■ 
TheiMfaft aftonifbt &uids in middeft of his unart^ 

So ftood Sir Scudtmour when this he heard i 
N^ word he had to fpeak for gteat difmay. 
But lookt on Glau€'e grim, who wox afieai^d 
Of outrage for the words which (he heard fay, 
Albe untrue fhe wift them by aflay. 
But Bfandamotitj whenas he did efpy 
His chaogia of cbear, that anguifh did bewray. 
He wojc lull bitth, as he had got theteby. 
And 'gan thereat to triumph without vi^lory. 

Lo recreant, iaid he, the fruitlefs end 
Of thy vain boaft, and fpoil of Love mifgotten^ 
Whereby the name of Knighthood thou doft (hendi 
i And all true lovers with dilhonour blotten : 

All things not rooted well, will foon be rotten* 
Fie, fie, falfe Knight, then falfe Due/fa cride. 
Unworthy life that X^ve with guile haft gotten i 
Be thou, wfaerQ*ever thou do go or ride. 
Loathed of Ladies all, and of ail Knights defide* 
Vofc. 11. B 




But Scudimm^ (for ]Mfi 

Staid not t9 aofwer, fduwly xHd retrain, 
^3ut Aat lA aU thoic Kcughts aiid Ladies lights 
' He for revOTge had guilclefs Glauci'Qain : 
But being pa^, he thua began «rn^n •, i 
F^alfe traytCMT Squire, falfe Squire of faUeft Knight 
Why doih mine hand from thine arenge abflain, 
Whofe Lord hath done my Love this foul defptghi 

Why ^ I not it wreak on thee> now in my might? 


Difeourteoui, difloytt BriUmmty 
Untrue to Cod, and unto man unjuft,. 
What vengnmce due can equal thy ddfart^ 
That haft with ihameful fpot of fin^ luft . 
Defird the ple4ge conunitted to thy truft ? 
Let ug)Ly iiame, and xndle& infamy . 
Colour thy nanne with foul reprocbes ruft« 
Yet thou falic Squire his iauit (halt dear aby^ 

And with thy punifiunent his penance fhalt fuppiy. 

The ag^ Dame him feeing Oj enrag*d» 

Was dead with fear ; nath'left as need requii^d. 
His flaming fury fo^;ht to have aflUag'd 
With fober wotds^ that f\ifferance defirkl^ 
Till time the trial of her truth expir'd : 
And evermore fought BrOonfari to clear. 
Butiie the mote with furious rage was fir'd^ 
And thrice his hand to kill herdid upceac» 

And thrice hisdi-ew it back: ib did at laft forbear.^ 

* k • • 

• • - «• . T 

Qtomih TWE FAli^y QJJEEN. 19 

i^"#— — I « 


Blandamour ivins faijb Florimcll, 

ParidcIJ for her ^^rws^ 
Ti^ ari accorded: Agape > 

Dotb kngtbm bcr Sons HveSg 

pSrebiaod of hdli firft tin'd in Pbt^toth 
^ By thoufand Funes^ and from thence out^tbrowni 
Into this world, to work confufion. 
And fet it all on lire (by force unknown) 
Is wicked Difcord \ wbofe fmall fparks, once blown^^ 
None but a God^^ or god -like man can flake % 
Such as was Orpheus^ that when ftrife was grown 
Ambngll thofe famous imps of Greece^ did take 
His filver harp in hand» and (hortly friends tbem make* 

Or fuch as that cekftial rJaJmifl: wa% - 
That when the wicked Fiend his Lord tormented. 
With heavenly notes that did all other pais^ 
The outrage of his furious fit relented. 
Such mufick is wife words with time concerted. 
To moderate ftiff minds, difpos'd to ftrife : 
Such as that prudeilt Roman well invented^ 
What time his people into parts did rire. 
Them reconciled again, a|id to thdr homes did drive* 


Such us'd wife GlMd t(» that wrathful Knight^ 
To calm the tempeft of hia troubled thought : 
Yet Blandamouff with terms of f»ul defpight. 
And Parideil her fcorn'd, and fet at nought^ 
As old and crooktd, and not g;obd for ought* 
Both they, unwifei and warelett of the evil, 
That by themfelves, unto themfelves is wrought^ 
Through that faife Witch and that foul agec drcvil| 

The one a Fiend, the. other an inQarnate Devil 

B a 

.-^10 THEFAIRV QJJBE^N. iooRlV. 


They were cncountrcd of a Jufty knight. 
That had a gootily Lady by his fide. 
To whom he inade great dalliance and delight. 
It was t6i^ttt the bold Sir Ferraugb hight. 
He that from Braggadochio whilome reft 
The fnowy Florimetly whofe beauty bright 
Made him ftem happy for fo glorious theft % 

Yet was it in due trial but a wandring weft, 


Which. whenas Blandamour (whofe fancy light 
'Was always flitting, as the wavering wind. 
After each beauty that appear*d in fight) 
Beheld, eftfoons it prickt his wanton mind 

f With fting of luft that reafons eye did blind. 
That to Sir ParideU thefe words be fcnt j 
Sir Knight, why ride ye dumpifh thus behind. 
Since fo good fortune doth to you prefent 

*iSo fair a fpoil, to make you joyous merriment ^ 


But ParideU^ that had too late a trial 
Of the bad iffue of his counfel vain. 
Lift not to heark, but made this fair denial ; 
Laft turn was mine, well proved to my pain : 
This now be yours, God fend you better gain. 
Whofe IcofFed words he taking half in fcorn, 
Fiercely forth prickt his fteed, as in difdain 
Againft that Knight, ere he him well could tome ; 

By means whereof, he hath him lightly over-borne. 


Who witii the fudd^n ftroke aftonilht fore, 
Upon the ground awhile in flumbcr lay ; 
The whiles, his Love away the other bore. 
And fiicwing hef , did Pjr/^r// upbray ; 
Lo fluggifti Knight, the viftors happy prey : 
So fortune friends the bold. Whom 'ParideU' 
. Seeing fo fait indeed (as he did fay) 
* His heart with fecret envy *gan to fwell. 

And inly grtidgr at^^hiro, thathc'had fpcdfd'weM/ ' * 


Nath/Icfe/ :pf oud man ^iWftlf the othcfartte'd, 
tfiav^ing fo pcerlefs paragon ygot. * 
For furc.thc faireft Flmmett him lccm*di • 
To him was fallen for his happy Tot, 
Whofe like alive on earth he weened not t 
Therefore he her did court, did ferve, did wooe. 
With humblcft fuic that he imagine mot. 
And all things did devife; and all things do. 

That might her Lofvte prepare, and liking win thereto, . 

She in regard thereto • him reGom(^h(l 
With aolden words, 'and ^goodly countenance, 

t Akd &ch fond favoursr fparingly difpenft : 

Sometimes him Uedlng^with a light eye-glance, ' 
And coy looks tempring with ioo(e dalliance ^ 
Some-times eftjranging him in fterner wife» 
Tliat having- caft him in a foolifli trance, 
He feemed brought to bed in paradife, 

Aod.prov'dhinalelf moftfool, inwharh^feem'd moftwiioi 


So great a miftrefs of her art Ihe was, T 

And perfe&ly praftizfd in wc^mans craft. 
That though therein himrielf he thought to pafs, -] 
And by bis £ille. allurements wylie draft. 
Had thoufand women of their Love beraft. 
Yet now he was forpriz'd : for th^it falfe fpright, 

^ Which that (ame Witch had in this form engraft, 
Was fo cacpert in evrfry fubtile flight. 

That it ^ttld over- peach' the wifeft earthly wight. - 

. XI. 

Ye% he to her did daily fervice ipore,. 
And daily wiore deceived was thereby •, 
Yet Pmdill him envied therefore, 
^As feeroing plac'd in fole felicity : 
So blind is luft falfe colours to defcry . 
But Ate (bon difcovouring his dcfirc. 
And. finding now . fit opportunity • • '^ 

To ftir up ftrife, twixt loJi^e, and fplte, and ire, *' 
. Did privily put coals* njftia bis facr^t fira^ - ^ a * ** 

B 3 

By fundxy .meut.diere to Oaa^Adkt hitn fofd) i ' 

Now with itmeml^rance oi chofe fpig^cftfl fpeechely 
Now with f^ffiip^ o( his owa more ^nortb, . . ) : 
Now with reccHH|t^lg of itke fyoMt bwachcf i 
Made in th^if .fciepdlhip^ a^^ tbi^ Hag b&H foaichfs i 
And «vqr wi)en his pafiioa i» ^llayiU 
She it reviyfsy 9^ d^w QPcaJSbft reacfaeac* : 
That p(f a tiiW^ W they tpgerher wayM, : i 

th A>a<^ hi«i^oMil (haU9iigir4 gnd thus hftUlT fi^d : ' 

Too boaftful Blof^^m^itr^ ipo kkigl-bcAr ^ 

The opca wcong^ thou 4<^inp day toy d^i :? 
Well knoWit thpu when we fricndftlip ficft did fi#eart 
The covenaiK wafij thaceveryfpioilror pc«f 
Sho^ld equity be Ihar'd becwixt us tway : 
Where i^ my par( then of this Xiidy bri^tt 
Whom to jhywlf thoM takcft i|uitt awjay ? 
Render ther^fo|!e therein M me my nght» 

Or.aAfwer. fpf thy wrong> as ihall fall out la fis^' . 


Exceeding wro:h ^eiear wns BUwiminor^ 
And 'gan, thi$ bitter Mfwer to him n^ake ; 
To6 fooHAi Piirid^^, that ffttrcft Eowre 
Would'ft gather fatii> and yet 00 paim wouM% take : 
But not fo eafie. will I her forfake ; 
This hand her woo, this hand (ball her de&od. - 
With thai;, they 'gan their fhivermg fpeafs tb ftiake^ 
And deadly points at eitben breaft eo bend# ^ . 

Forgetful eai;h ^ have been ever others &iefid» ; . 


Their fiery ftccds,, with fo uotaffied fbroe» • ' 
Did bear tticift both to fell avenges end. 
That both their fpe^rs with pitikfe remorft* 
Through ihield and aiail, and hat)erjeon did weedy 
And in their flefh a griefly paflkge rend. 
That with the fury of their own afFret> 
Each other horfe and man to ground did fend 1 * 
Where lying'ftill awhiJf,. both did foigct 

7he perlous pr ^feot ftouod, \n which their Ittes wefe tHu 

As when^b wirlike brigaiiditiei fttvfis; *^' : . v T 
Wiik.tofardVcHia wo^ibns annM » «^ • i 

Do meet together xm the wtcry kt^ ... 
They ft^m ea^ other lutk fo fell d^gjikt, 
Th^ with. the flxqcic of their own beedleft m%h^ '. 
Their woddfiD ribs Ere ihaken nifi^*^funder; : 1 
Ttiejr. which from ihore behold the dittadfol fighl ^ 
Of flafluhg fite» and hear the ordnuoe thunder^ • 

I>) gceatly .ftand anwB'd as fuch unwomtd wonderc ^ 


At length they both uoftaned in arnan i ' 
As mea aqpraked rainly out of dream. 
And round about themielvet awhile did gaze. 
Till fec^g her that Fhrimll did feeiDy 
In doubt BO whom ihe viAory (bould deem. 
There with their dulled fprights they edg*d anew. 
And drawing both thdr fwords with rage ertream^ 
Like two mad maftiffs, each on other fiew. 

And Aueldsdid flia]9e,a|id mails did rafli^ and heknsdtdhipw! 


So furioufly. each other did alfitil, ^ ^ 

As if their fouls they would attonce hare rent 
Out jof their breafts, that ftreams of blood did rail 
Adown as if their fprings of life were fpent ; 
That all the ground with purple' blood was iprent. 
And all their armours ftain'd with bloody gore : 
Yet fcarcely once to breathe would Chey relent % 
So pxortal was their malice and fo fore, 

Become .of feigned friendship whicbthey vow'd zXoftt* ^ 


And that which is for Ladies moft ^fitting. 
To ftint all ftrife, and fefter friendly peace. 
Was from thoie Dames fo far and io unfitting. 
As that inftead of praying them furcealc. 
They did much mott their cruelty increafe ; 
BidcUag them %bt for honour of their Love, 
And xather dye than Ladies caufe releafe. 
With which vain terms fo much they did them move, 

That both rcfolv'd the laft extremities to prove. 

B 4 

^ .THEFAIRrOpSBV. gbpk 

There they (1 ween^ wotild fight iindl this dayt, 
Had^nbt a Squi».(even he the Squire oiDatan) 
B7 great adventure travelled that way ; 
Who {ccfnlgi t)Oth bent to fo bloody games. 
And both of old well koowing by their names « 
Drew nigh, to weet the cauTe of their debate : 
And firft, kidiOo thofe Ladies thoufiuui blaunes, 
Thftt did DQ£.&ek t' af»pea(e their deadly hate. 

But gf z^ on X^k haxms^ not pitying their eftate. 


And then, thofe Knights he hunAJy did befeech 
To fiay their hands, till he awhile had fpokea : 
Who.lQokt'aiitcleup at that his fpeech. 
Yet would npt lee their batdib fo be broken, . 
Both greedy ^erce on other to be wroken. 
X«t he to them fe eameftly did call, 
^d them ^rpDJUrrd by fome well knowen tokm, . 
That they at laft, their wrathful hands let fall, 

^ojx^Ikt tq he^r hm fpeak, and dad to reft withalL' 


Firft he dcfir'd their q^uk of ftrife to fee: 
They faid$ ^t^¥asfor love ofjFkrimelL 
Ah 1 gei\Ue Knights, quoth he, how may that be t 
And (he fo far aftrs^y, as none can tell. 

ind Sq^uin;, full angry then faid F^riddK . . 
leeft not the Lady thrre before thy face ? 
He looked back; and her aviGng well, 
Weend as he feid, by tlut hpr outward grace, • 

Thj^t f^ireft plarmll w?is prefem there in place. 


Glad man wfis he td fee that joyous fight 
(For none alive byt joy'd in ^kgcimll ) • . 
And towjy to hpr Iftufing, thusbchight^ . . ; 
Faireft of fair> that.fairqefs doft cxcell. 
This happy day I.ha^e to gfeet,ypu yvvell, , . 
In which yoy fafcl fee, whqm tboufand& lafe 
Mifdoubt^ loft throvigh mifchjcf that befell % \ 
jpdng may you live in health and happy ftate, 

$hc little anfwfr'd hiiti;, by t ligjitly <i.i4 .aggr^c* . . . . 

Canto iH THErAlR^QUEfiR ts 


Then turning to thbft Knights, h^ ^gan anew ; 
And yoa Sir BlMdamdur zndPatMli 
Tbat for this Lady prcftnc in your view. 
Have raised thi^ cruel war and outrage fell^ 
Cerces (me feN9tP htm not ddvtfed w«ll : 
But rather ought in friendflbip for her fak^ 
To jdn yoor ftjroe, their folates to repell 
That feek perforce her from you j^oth to take ; 

And of yoprgoiten Spoii^ tHeir own triumph tonuikB. ' 


Thereat, Siril^M^Mr, with countenance ftern, . 
All full of wnurhj thus fiercely him befpake i < 
Aread, thou S^ire, that I the man may karo, 
Ttuu dare from me think Pkrimlt to take. 
Not one, quoth he, biit many do mrtake 
Herein, as thus: It la^ly fo befell. 
That Satyrane a girdle did up-take. 
Well known to appertain to Ftorsmell^ 

Which for her fake he wore, as him befeemed welL 


But whenas fhe her felf was loft and gone, 
Full many Knights^ that loved her like dear, 
Thereat did greatly grudge, that he alone 
That loft fair Ladies ornament fhould wear, • 
And 'gan therefore clofe fpite to him to bear : 
Which he to Aon, and ftop vile envies ftingt 

- Hath lately caus'd to be proclaimed each whdr« 
A folemn feaft, with publick turneying, 

Towhich all Knights with them their Ladies are tobringl. 


And of them all, (be that is faire(l found. 
Shall have tlu^ golden girdle for reward ; 
And of thofe Knights who is moft ftout on ground. 
Shall tadiBt faireft Lady be prcFar'd. 
Since rherefore ihe Hdrfelf is iiow your ward. 
To you that arnafimisnc of hers pertains, 
Againfl: all thofe that challenge it to guard. 
And fave her honour with your ventrous pains; 

Th^t fhaU yoq wio.more glory, than ye here find gains. 

a4 THf^:^^t«rSfQiT3P*l[T. ntokVr. 

When t^y the fn^bn^f bis yfrCfdf hid JKtcd* r • 
They 'gan aljate. %\^ fwcouf of dii^it ragev 
And with, their 4u>»oufsftn!4tliciti#pves.rcgBrd, 
The fuflous flam^ of flfi^licc i;p a0bi^ . . . 
The each ta o(;ber 4id his taith ^119^ $ 
Like fakhful frien^.);b$(^:^nfoi«h «t> join lA one I 
With all their farce» and ( wmb 
Gaind all (ho& Koig^M^ /4^.cbeir pnofefled foae>\ 

That chjilleng*d opglH.m PlorM^ .tixaimr tloDcL j 

XXIX.: ' 

So well accorded, 'fmtb tjhey. ro<k ^M^^sllkr; 
In fxi^ndly fortk tjitat }afted but anHrifo;. 
An4 of all ojd di(likfi$ they tuadeifi^tneafch^ : 
Yet all .wasforg*dt and. fpred with golden, foil^. r 
That under it. hid hate- and ^bdllov^ ^ui%» . ^ * 
Ne certes can that frieodOiijp loAg:eiidQie» • . . 
However gay and goodly be tb j^:ftile$ , ' : 

That doth ill ^ufe or evil ^en^. enure: < 
£or yeri»e i$ the band« that bindetb bcax!tamdl£are. 

Thus as they marched all in elofeidiigwfti:' ' ^ . \ 

Of feigned Love, they chaoil jx> overtake 
Two Knights, that linked rode ia lovely wi^e. 
As if they fecret couniels did partake^ 
And each not far behind him had hia Make, 
To wpct» two Ladies of moft goodly hue, . . • -' 
That 'twixt themfelves did gentle purpodfe xbdoe^^ i 
Unmindful both of that difcordfuL crew. 

The .which, with fpeedy pace did after them puriue* r ; 


Who as they how approached ni^ at ,liand» 
Deeming them doughty as they .<^d appear, 
.They feot that Squire afore^ to i^ader&uid 
What mote they be : who viewing them, nore near 
Returned ready news, that tbofe fame were . 
1 wo of the proweft Knights to Fahry lood» 
And th^fe two Ladies their two Lovers dcar» 
Courageous CamieU^ and ftout SHwofld^ 

With Canacce and Cambmy linkt i& Javdy bo&d* :. f 

OotDli: THE FAJRir<^E£»,*^ «7 

Whylooie, as aii&)tie ft^ies tdleh us, 

Thofe two \rere fees, the feUoncft on gmimd. 
And battle made^ the dreddeft dangerous 
That ever fluillitig trumpet did refund ; 
Though nov^ their a^bs be no Where to be founds ' 
As that rrnowiied Pbet them compiPd, 
With-iMdike numbers, and hefoick Ibund, * * ' ' 
Dan C*tfi^^ (Wcfl of EngKih undefird) ^' 

On Fames eteiniai btad-ro)l wordiy to bk filM. 


But wicked Tim^ l&iat all good thoughts doth wa(!e,- 
And y0ot\ui of nobleft wits to nought out-wear,^ 
That famotm monument hath quite defafte» . 
And rob'd 4Jie world of tr^afiire endlefs dear^ 
The which mote have ehriched all as here ^ 

curfed Eld 1 fhfc canker-worm of writs ; 
How may thdfe rhimes (fo rude as doth appear) 
Hope to enduiY^ fkh works of heavenly wits 

Are quite deviour*d; and brought to nought by little i)its ? 

XXXIV. . ,: 

Then paidon, O moft facred happy fpirit, ' 

That I thy labotih loft may thus revive. 
And fteal ifrom thee the meed of thy due merits 
That none durft ever whilft thou waft alive. 
And being dead, in vain yet many ftrive ; 
Ne dare I -like> but through infufion fweet 
Of thine own iprite (which doth in me furvivc) 

1 follow here the footing of thy feet, 

That with thy meaning fo I may the rather meet. 

XXXV. ^ 

CambeUos Sifter was fair Canacee^ 

That was. the learfiedft Lady in her days, 

Wdl feen in every Icience that mote be. 

And trtty fecret work of natures ways. 

In witty riddles, and in wife footh-fays. 

In powre o£ herbs, and tunes of beafts andblrd^ : 

And (that augmented all her other praife) 

She modeft was in all her deeds and words, [Lordi. 

.And wondrous «k^fte of life, yetlov'd of Knights and 

^ XHE FAIJtY (^UEEJf. r BBbkiV3 

Full many Lords, and m^ny Knigbt$licr IcivVk^ * .* 
Yet (he to none of them her liking knt^ 
Ne ever was with fond aflledion n»ov*d. 
But rul'd her thopghts with goodly government. 
For dread of blamt^ and honour) bletntfluncnc : 
And eke unto her logics a law ibe eidde, * 
That none of then) once out of order weat ; 
But like to wary centinels well ftaid 
Still watcbc on every fide, of fecretfocSsaffiaid... . ' ^ 

So much the niore as l)ie refus*d tp^lovey ^ . -» 
^o much the more, (be loved wiisiand fought^ 
That oftentimes unquipt ftrifedid maw * *' 
Amongft her Lover^^ af\d great quartets wrought 
That oft for her in blo^y arm^itHfy. feught* 
Which wbenas Caf^ti^U lthsi% was ftout and wife) 
PerceivM would breedgreac mirthi<^ he bethought 
How to prevent the peril that mot« riie^ 
^And turn both him and her to honour \n this wifi:. . 

One day, when all that troop of war-tike wi6oen T 
Aflembled were, to weet whofe ftie ihbold be ^ 
All mighty men» and dreadful derring doers 
(The harder it to mak<^ them well agnee) 
Amongft them all this end -he 4id detr^ ; 
That or them all which love to. her did mdce, • 
They b^ confent ihould cbufe the (bouceft three. 
That with himfelf ihould combat for her fake. 
And q( them all, the vidor (boul4 bis/ifter mkfi. 

Bold was the challenge, as himfelf wa^ bold. 
And courage full of haughty hardimeot* 
Approved oft in perils manifold. 
Which he atchiev'd to his great ornament t. 
But yet his fifters ikill unto him lent 
Moft confidence and hope of happy fjpoed. 
Conceived by a ring, which Ihe him lent $ 
That 'mongft the many venues (whiich we read) 
Had power to (launch ali wounds duitmortally did bleoii.. 

C4nto«. THE PAIRTT QjUEfiN. ^9 


Well was that rings great vertue known to all ; 
That dread thereof, and his redoubted might. 
Did all that youthly rout fo much appall. 
That none or them durft undertake the fight: 
Motc wife they wecnM to make of Love Sjlight, 
Than Kfe to hazard for fair Ladies look ; 
And yec uncertain by fuch outward fight 
(Though for her fake they all that peril took) 

Whether ffae would them love> or in her liking brook. 


Amongft thofc Knights, there were three brethren bold 
(Three bolder brethren never were yborn) 
Born of one mother in one happy mdd. 
Borne at one blirden in one happy morn ; 
Thrice happy mother, and thrice happy morn, 
That bore three fuch, three fuch not to be fond ; 
Her name was Agape^ Whofe children wern 
All three a& one : the firft hight Priamovuy 

The fecond, Diamond^ the youngcft, Triamohd. 


Stout Priamond^ but not fo ftrong to ftrike ; 
Strong Diamond^ but not fo ftout a Knight ; 
Bet Triamond was ftout and ftrong alike ; 
On horfe-back xStA Triamond to fight. 
And Priamvn^ on foot had more deiight, 
But horfe and foot knew Diamond to wield 
With curtax ufed Diamond to fmite, 
And Triamond to handle fpear and "Ihield, 

But fpear andcUrtax both xi$*d Priamond in field. 


Thefe three did love each other dearly well, 
And with fo firmaffefttonwercaliide, 
As if but One foul in them all did dwell. 
Which did her powre into three parrs divide -, 
Like three fair branches budding far and wide, 
That from one root deriv'd their viral fap : 
And like that root that doth her life divide, 
Their mother was,-* and had full biefled hap, ' 

Thtfo three fenobkliaScs to^bfing fortlrat*oncclap. *' 


JO T H E jf MBiX <^U e^ RN. Bocfc IV. 

Thetr mother wa$. a Fay, and had the (kill 
Of fecret things;, and all the powres of nature. 
Which fhe by art could ufe unco her will, - - 
And CO her fer vice bind each living (fteature^ -^ 
Through fecret underflianding of tneir feature. 
There-to Ihe was right fair, whenfo her face 
She lift difcover, and of goodly ftature ; 
But ihc (as Fays are wont) ift privy place 

Did fpend.her day$, and lov^d in forefts wild to fpaccj 
' ^ XlV', ^' '^' 

^here on a day, 4 noble youthly Knig^^ 
Seeking s^iventurea in the ialvage wood. 
Did by great fortune get pf . her .the fight, ^ 

.As Ihe fat carelefs by a chryftal flood. 
Combing her golden locks, 4s feem'd her good : " 
And unawares upon her laying hold. 
That ftrove in .vain him long to. have withftood^ 
Oppreilcd her» and there (as it is told) • [bold. 

Got thefe three lovely babes, that pcov'd three champiors 

Which fhe with her long foftred ia that wood. 
Till that to ripenefs of mans ftace they g^w : 
Then (hewing forth fiens of their fathers blood, * 
They loved arms, and Knighthood did enfue. 
Seeking adventures where they any knew. 
Which when their mother faw, iObe 'gan to doubt 
Their {afety ; leaft by fearchiiig dangers aew. 
And rafh provoking perils all aoout. 

Their days mote be abriaged through their courage ilout. 

Therefore defu-ous th'end of all their days 
To know, and them t^enlarge with long extent. 
By wondrous ikill, and many hidden ways. 
To the three fatal Sifters houte fhe went. 
Far under ground from trad of living went, 
Do^n in tho bottom of the deep Jihyfs^ 
Where Dimogargm in dull difuknefs pent. 
Far frote the view of^ Gods and heavens bllfs. 

The hideous. Citf^i keeps, their dr^dfiil dwcliiog ia. 



There: flic them found, tU G^ng.ielUod about : 
The direful dtftaff ftanding in the md ;. 
And' with unwearied fingers drawing dut 
The lines of life, from liviog koowJedg)? bid* . 
Sad Qotbo held tlM:.rock, the whiles the thrid 
By griefly Lacb^ was fpun with pain. 
That cruel Antpas eftfoons undidt 
With eurfed ki^fe cutting the twift in twain : 

Moft wretched m6«^whofe day s depend on thctadfi fc yain f 


She them falufibg, there by them late ftill. 
Beholding iiow the threads of life they fpaa : 
And when at laft (he had beheld her fill, 
Treoibling in heart, and looking pale and waa. 
Her caufe of 'Comcing (he to tell began. 
To whom fierce Jircpos \ Bold Fay, that durit 
Come (ee the fecretof the life of man. 
Well worthy thou to be of JotsX accurft. 

And ckfc tby cbilckaos threads to be afunder burft* 


Whereat flie fore afirayd, yet her befoughe . . 

To grant her boon, and rigour to abate. 
That fhe m^t fee her childrens threads forth brought^ 
And know t|;^e meai^ of their utmoft date^ 
To them ordained by eternal Fate. 
Which G0tba granting, (hewed her the fame : 
That when ihe Um^ it cfid her much amate. 
To fee their threads fo thin, as fpiders frame. 

And eke fo fhort, that feem'd their ends out ibortly came. 


She then began them humbly to intreat 
To draw chem longer out, and better twine. 
That b ther lives might be prolonged late. 
But Lacbefis thereat .'gan to repine. 
And faid, fond Dame, that deem'ft of things divine 
As of human, that they may altred be, 
And chang'd at pleafure for thofe Imps of thine. 
Not fo ; for what the Fates do once decree. 

Not all the Gods cap change^ nor ynt himfeif can free. 




Thm (inctf, ^uodi Hie, the fierm of each mam 'life 
For nought may ldlea*d nor enlarged be» 
Grant this, that when ye flired with £ital knife 
His Une^ which is the eldeft of the three» 
Which is of them the (horteft, as I fee^ 
Eftfoons his life may pafsinto the next: 
And when the next fliall likewife ended be. 
That both their lives may likewife be annext 

tJnto the third, that his may fo be trebly wext« 


They granted it ; and then that careful Fky 
Departed thence with full contented mind ) 
And coming home» in warlike irefli array 
Them found all three according to their kind t 
But unto them what deftiny was affign'd, 
Cr how their Hires were ekt, (he did not tell ) 
But evermore, when (he fit time could find. 
She warned them to tend their fafeties well, 

And love each other dear, what-ever them bcfel}< 


So did they furely during all their days. 
And never dilcord did amongft them fall; 

r Which much augmented all their other praife. 
And now, t'encreafe afiedion natural. 
In love of Canacm they joined all : 
Upon which ground this fame great battle grew 
(Great matter growing of beginning fmall ^) 
. The which for length 1 will not here purfue. 

But rather will referve it for a canto new* 

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Pmtnin. THE FAtRY QUEJEN. gj 

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The hat tie iwixi three irethrtn^ with 

Cam bell for Caoacee. 
Cambina with true friendfinps band 

Doth their kntg firije agree. 


Owhjr do wretched men fo mueh dfcfir^ 
To draw cbeir days unc6 the qtmoft date^ 
And do not rather wiih them foon expire^ 
Knowing the n^ifery of their eftate^ 
And thoufand perils which them ftill awaits 
Tofling them like a boat amid the main. 
That every houre they knock at I>eaches gate ? 
And he that happy feems, and leaft in pain. 

Yet is as nigh his end) as he that moft doth 'plaifti 


Therefore this Fay I hold but fond and vain. 
The which in leeking for her children three 
Long life thereby did more prolong their pain : 
Yet whilft they livedo none did ever fee 
More happy creatures than they feem'd to be^ 
Nor more ennobled for their courtefie : 
That made them dearly Idv'd of each degite \ 
Ne more renowned for their chevairy : 

ThjkC made them dreided much of all men far and i 


Theie three that hardy challenge took in hand^ 
For Cdmacet with Camiell for to fight : 
The day was fet^ that all might underftand^ 
And pledges pawned the fame to keep aright. 
That 4 Ay (the dreddeft day that diving wight. 
Did ever fee upon thb world to flime) 
So fooD as heavens window fbewed light, 
Thefe warlike champions, a^l in j^msoar ifaine^ 

Aflembled were in field> the cir^dkDae.fio dtfinc.^ . 
Vol, II. ^ ^ C ^ 

^ :THE f AIRY QU:EEN. BdoklV) 


T h> field w ith lifts -w»-rfl abotrrcnclos*4. 
To bar the preafe of people far away ; 
And at th'onc iide fix Judges were aifpos'd. 
To view and deem the deeds of arms that day : 
And on*thc other fide, in frefli array. 
Fair Canacee upon a (lately ftage 
Was fet,^ to fee the fortune of that fray. 
And to be fecn, as his mod worthy wage. 

That could her purchafe with his life's adventured gage. 

▼ . 

Then entred CamHett Brft into tbcf lift^. 
With IJbately fteps^ and fearlefs countenance^ 
As if the conf|ueft his he furely Wift, 
Soon after, did the brethren three advance. 
In brave array, and goodly amenance. 
With fcutchins gilt, and banners broad diiplay'd : 
And marclung thrice in warlike ordinance. 
Thrice louted* lowly to the noble maid. 

The whiles fhrill crumpets and loudclarions fweetly play'd. 


Which doen, the doughty challenger came forth. 
All arm'd to point, his challenge to abet ; 
'Gatnil whom, Sir Priamond with equal worthy 
And equal arms himfelf did forward fet. 
A trumpet blew \ they both together met. 
With dreadful force, and furious intent, 
Carelcfs of peril in their fierceaffret. 
As if that life to loie they had forelent, 

And csred not tx> ipare^ chat (houM be Ihortly fpent. 


Right pr^ick was Sir Priamond in fight. 
And throughly ifcilM in ufe of (hield and fpear> 
Ne lefs apptbved was Cambellos might, 
Ne lets his iktjl ih o«eeapons did appear. 
That Imrd it ^as to ween whkh harder were. 
Full many mighty Afokcs on either fide i^ 

Were fent, that feemed death* la lh<;nn tb beat^ : 
But t^ey wer&both ib nwatchful and well eyde. 

That thej^.a7akkd:^ei^r ^nd Vainlf^by did ilide« 

Cimto HL THE FAlftV CJLtJEEK. j| 


Yet one of mafiy was (9 ftrongjjy bent 
By Priamond^ that with unlucky glance^ 
Through CimbeUs ihoukler ic unwartly wcot^ 
That forced him his ihield to difadvance , 
Much was he grieved with that gracejefs chance % 
Yet from the wound no drop of blood there feU^ 
But wondrous pain, that did the more enhance 
His haughty courage to avengem^nt fell : [ff^H* 

^mart daunts not mighty hearts, but makes them more tQ 

IX. ' " 

With that his poinant fyezx he fierce ayientred. 
With double force clofe underneath his fhicld. 
That through the mails into his thigh it ent^ed. 
And there arreting ready way did yield. 
For blood to gulb forth on the grailie field ; 
That he for pain himfelf n'ote right uprear^ 
But to and fro in great amazennent reel'd, 
Like an old Oak> whofe pith and &p is fear. 

At puff of every ftorm doth ftagger here and there* . 


Whoni fo difinaid when CambeU had efpide, 7 . 

Again he drove at him with double might. 
That nought mote ftay the fteel^ till in his fide 
The mortal point moA: cruelly empight : 
Wh^i:e faft infixed^ whilft he fought by flight 
It forth to wreft, the ftafF afunder brake. 
And left the head behind : with which deiptght 
He all enrag'd^ his Ihivering ipear did (hake. 

And charging him afrefli, thus felly him befpakc* 


Lo faitour ^bcre (hy meed unto thee take^ 
The meed of thy mi^ballenge and abet ; 
Not for thine own, but for thy filters tfake^ 
Have I. thus long thy life unto thee 1^ : 
But tOiforbearg, doth not fos>give, the de^t. 
The wicJked weapon he^rd h^s v^rathful vomt ^ 
Aftd pai&ng forth v^ith furious affiret, 
Pj^rc'd. through his.bever quite into his bro«^, 

That.wtt^.tlieiprcc it ^?ckwarA fws«4 him ^9 bojr; 

8$ THE FAIRY QUEffiJ^. BooklT. 


There-with afunder in the mtdft it braft. 

And in his hand nought but the trancheon left. 
The other half behind yet fticking faft. 
Out of his head'piece OrnibeU fiercely reft : 
And with fuch fury back at him it heft r 
That n>aktng way unto his deareft life. 
His weafand-pipc it through his gorget cleft : 
Thence ftreams of purple blood HTuing rife. 

Let forth his weary ghoft, and made an end of ftrtfir. 


His weary ghoft, aflbiPd from fleihly band^ 
Did not (as others wont) dtre£tly ttf 
Unto her reft in Ptutof^ griefly land j 
Ne into air did vanifli prefently, 
Ne changed was into a ftar in sky : 
But through tradu^lion was eftfoons deriv*d^ 
Like as his mother pray'd the Deftiny, 
Into his other brethren, that furviy'd*^ 

In whom he liv'd anew^ of former life depriv*dv 


Whom when on ground his brother next beheld. 
Though fad and ibrry for fo heavy fight. 
Yet leave un03 his forrow did not yield : 
But rather ftird to vengeance and defpight. 
Through fecrtt feeling of hrs generous* fprigh^ 
Rufht fiercely forth, the battle to renew. 
As in reverfion of his brothers right; 
And chaUenging the virgin as his due. 

His foe was foon addreft: the trumpets &ie(h]y blew. 



With that they both tc^ether fiercely mel. 
As if that each meant other to devour ; 
And with their axes both fo foitly bet,. 
That neither plate nor mail, whereas tiheirpowre 
They felt, could once fuftain the hMeous ftowrr» 
But rived were, like rotten wood afunder, 
Whilft through their rife the ruddy bk>odd|d fhowre^ 
And fire did fiafh, like Kghtning after thunder, 

TKar filFd the Iookcr$*on attoocewidirutli and wonder*. 



As when two Tygers prickt with hungers nue - 
Have by good fortune found fome beafts Stdi (poil^ 
On which they ween their famine to afiUage, 
And gain a feaftiul guerdon of their toil. 
Both falling out, do (tir up ftrifcful broil. 
And cruel battle 'twixt theinfelves do make. 
Whiles neither lets the other touch the foil. 
But either 'fddg;nes with other to partake : 

So cnielly thefe I&ights ftrove for that Ladies fake. 


Foil many ftrokes, chat mortally were meant, 
The whiles were enterchanged 'twixt them two : 
Yet they were all with fo good wariment 
Or warded, or avoided and let goe. 
That ftill the life flood fearlefs of her foe : 
Till Diamond^ difdeigning long delay 
Of doubtful fortune warVing to and fro, 
Re(blv*d to end it one or other way i 

And heav'd hi$ murdrous axe at him with mighty fway. 


The dreadfijl ftrdce in cafe it had arriv'd. 
Where it was meant (fo deadly was it meant) 
The foul had fuie out of the JDody riv*d, 
. And (tinted all the ftrife incontinept. 
But Cambells fate that fortune did prevent : 
For iceing it at hand he fwerv'd alide. 
And fo gave way unto his fell intent : 
Who miffing of the mark which he had eyde, 

Was)7tfhtbe force nighfei'd, wbiUt his right foot did (Ude; 


As when ^ Vulture greedy of his pity* 
Throi^h hunger long, that heart to hidi doth lend. 
Strikes at an Heron with all his bodies fway. 
That from bis force feems nought may it defend $ 
The wary fowl, that fpies him toward bend« 
His dreadful foufe avoids, it Ihunning light. 
And maketh him his wii^ in vun to fnend s 
That with the weight of his own weildlefs mightt 

He falleth nigh to ground, and ftarce recov'<|tb fligbt^ 

C 3 

\Vbich fair advcrttiirt When Camhetle fpide, 
• -Fufl lightly, ere himfelf he could recount 
From 'dangers' dread to ward his naked flde. 
He gan let dtivc at him with all his poWre, 
And with hijj aie him ftnore in evil houre. 
That from hii fhoulders quite his head he reft '; 
The headlefs trunk, as heedlefs of that ftd^rCji. 
Stood ftill awhile, and his faft footing kept, 

Till feeling life to fail, it fell, . and deadly nept. 

They which thit piteous fpcftacle beheld, 
WcHi much iihaz*d the head-lefs trunk to (ed 
Stand up lb long, atid wek^dh vain to weld, 
Unwceting of the Fates divine decree. 
For lifcs' wtcelTion in thofe brethren three. 
For notwithstanding that one foul was reft, ' 
Yet had thfe l>ody iiot difmembred be, 
It would have Rved, and revived eft ; . . 

ficrt'inding no fitfeat, the lifelefs corfe it Ifeft." 

XXII. . 

It left I but that Jkme foul which therein dwelt, 
Straigjrtt'ntrin^ into Triamondy him fillM 
With douWc life, and grief; which ^hen hd felr^ 
As one whofe inner parts had been ythrild 
With point of ftdel, that clofe his heart- blood fpiHd, 
He highly Jeapt out of his pUce of reil,* 
And rufhing- fon^ into the^ chipty field, 
.Againil Clambdlo fiercely him addrcft; 

Who hiip afiroariftg, foon to fight was ready preft. 


Well mote ye wonder, how that noble Knight 
After he had fo often wounded been, 
Could ftand dn fopt now to renew the fight. 
But had he then him forth advancing feen, ' ' 
Some new befrrt wifeht ye would him fufely ween; 
So freflk he fttvAtcl and fo fierce in fight ; 
Like as a Snake, whowi weary winters teen 
^ Hath worn to nou|ht^ now feeling fummets might, 

C^ftsofirhisriTggedsKin, an^ frefhly ^othhiin dight, ' 

Ohm III: TH«,FA|RY.QjL7f;jE^r 3ft. 

All was through vertift of xhe riqgr h$ W4>e^ 
The which obt only did not from. j\ii9.|« . : , . 
One drop of blo6d tO' fgiU but iU4 rtftore . . 
Hif Wcduied powre^^.aad dulled fpiijta whoe^ 
Through working of the ftone therein; y%. . 
Elfe how could one. of oqual might wicb mol^ . . 
Again^ fo maty do kb mighty nMI, ; , ; > a 
Once think to match three fi^ch <m*eq]t)fd coft l . ^ 

Three fucfa as able were to maccha pcii&u^t bo&^r . «. . 

Yet nought thereof was Triamond aditd>: . ;^.: *:. j 

Ne deiperate of .gloriou$ vi^ry, . . ? : * 
But fiiarply him aii^'d, and fore hdl^, . r ; 
With heaps of Arokes, which he: ac hin let Sy^ ' 
As thick as hail forth poured from the iky;;:; r . ' 
He ftcook, he fouft> he foiix'd, he hew*d» he lafliti * 
And did bis iroa brond fo h& apply,: 
That from the fame the iiry fparkles flaiht»^ '^ . 

As fail as waterr fprtnkles ^gainft n . rock Me daflit.. : * 


Much was Cin^^Zb daunted with hift'blitaMz r' . -- r 
So thick they fdU and forcibly wereient^ . i.^ 

, That he was forced (frota danger cf the. thraws)^ 
Back to retire, and ibotewhat to relent^ ' 
Till th' heat c^ his 6trct fiiry he bad fpent : - 
Which when for waac of bi^eath 'gan Qq afaate, • ; 
He then afrefii, wicb odw ericoucagfeoietitt ... 
Did^'him afiail, and.n^ghtily amate» . 

As faft as forv/ard iarfl, :now badcwaid ro.iiettate«. ./ : 


Z^ike as the tide that coilies frtai tb^ OCwo main*: r. ^ 
Flows up the Shenan with canttalry fotct j . . j i 
And over-ruling him to. his ov^n-Dttign, . < . / 
Drives back thetmrreat of hia kibdly cciurfe^ 3/^ 
And makes it feem to b^^e fome otter kavsfti ^ 
9ut wben the flood is fpent, then baok ^pMk ; > 
His borrowed waters forc'd to rodifbourfe, : 
He fends the fea his owa with dooUe:giii)9.! . 

And tribute eke withall,. as to biifovecaioc:* . - i 

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Jfi THt; FAIRY CitJEEW/ BoiklV, 


Thus did the battle vary to arid fto. 
With diverfe fortune doubtful to be deemV) r 
Now this- the better had, now had hit foe \ 
Then (he half Manquiihc, then the other ieem'd | 
Yet ViAors both themfelves always efteem'd. 
And all the while, the difentrailed blood, 
Adown their fidcus like little rivers ftream'd^ . 
That with the wafting of his vital flood, 

Sir Triamwkl at laft, full iaint and feeble flood. 


But C^mtell ftilL niore ftrong and greater grew, 
Ne felt his blood to wafte, ne powres emperiihe. 
Through that rings vertue, that with vijgQur new. 
Still wnenaa he enfeebled was him cheriilvc. 
And all his "i^ounds, and all his bruifes guerifhti 
Like as a withered tree through hufbands toil 
Is often feen full frefhly to have flourifht^ 
And h^itful apples to have borne awhile. 

As frefli as when it firft was planted in the foiL 


Through which advantage, in his Rrength he rofo. 
And fmote the other with fo wondrous might, 
Thj^t through the feam, which did his hauberk clofe, 
Into his thiroat and life it pierced quight. 
That down.hd fell, as dead in all mens fight } 
Yet iiead he was not, yet he fuvt did dye, i 
As all men do^ that lofe the living fprighi } 
So did one foul out of his body fiy 

Unto her native home, from mortal mifery, . 


Sut natheldV, whUft all the lookers on 
Him dead behig^t, as he to all appeared. 
All unawares he anon. 
As one that had out of a dream been rear'd^ 
AndfytSknmi'd his foe^ who half afiear'd 
Of tk^ qiicouih fight, as h^ fome ghoft had feen. 
Stood ftiil amaz'd, holding his idle fweard ; 
Till hg^ng often by him ftriken been, 

Hs forced was co ftrike, and i^ve himfelf from teen, ' 

CaatallL: THE FAIRY QUEEN. * }^ 


Tet from tbencefbrrii, more warily he fboght* 
Ac one in fear the Stygian Gods t' offend, 
Ne foilow'd oa fo faft» but rather fought . 
Himfelf to fave, and danger to defend. 
Than life and labour both in vain t» fpend» 
Which Triamond perceiving, weened fare 
He .'gan to iaint, toward the battles end. 
And that he (hould not long on foot endure ; • 
A£gn which did to him the vi&ory aflbre. 

Whereof fiiH biith, eftfoons his mighty hand 
He heav'd on high, in mind with that fame bloW' 
To make an end of all that did withftand : 
Which QambiU feeing cook^ was nothing flow 
Himfelf to fave from that fo deadly throw \ 
And at that inftaftt reaching forth his fweaid* 
Clofe underneath his Ihield, that icarce did fliow, 
Strook him, as he has hand to ftriki: up-reared, [pear'd. 
Jn th' armpit full thac« through both fides die wound %^ 

yet ftill that direful ftroke kept on his way. 
And falling heavy on Cambtlks creft, 
Strook him fo hugely, that in fwoon he lay. 
And in bis head an hideous wound impreft : 
And fitre, had it not happily found reft 
Upon the brim of his broad plated fhield. 
It woqld have cleft his brain down to his breaftt 
So both at once fell dead upon the fields 
And each to other feem*d the victory to yield. \ 

Which whenasaU the lodcers on beheld. 
They w/iened fure the war was at an end. 
And Judges rofe, and Marshals of the field 
proke pp the liib, their arms away to rend» . 
And Canacee 'gan wail her deareft friend. 
All fuddainly they both upftarted light, 
TJl^ out out of the fwoon, which htm did blend. 
The other breaching now another fprjght, 
A»^ fif^t^tiy eaf h allailingr, 'g^n afre(h to 6ght. 

f *4 



Long while they then continued ia Khat wifty 
As if but then die battle had begun : 
Stroke8,,woundt, wanis, weapons, all they did defpife^ 
Ke either car'd to ward, or peril flum^ 
Delirous both to have the battle done ; < ' 

Ne either cared life to fave or ipIU^ 
Ne which of them did win» ne which were won. . i 
So weary, both of fighting had their fill. 

That life it Uf fecm'd loathfome, and long fafety Hi 


Whilft thfas the c«fe in^ubtfol ballahoe hong, 
Vitfore to whether fidfe it would indine^ 
And ali mens efts and Jiearts whtclt there among^ 
Stood gazing, filled woe with rueful tine. 
And fcxret rair co tit their fatal fine; ' ( 

All fgUdainly chey heard a trcnUous noiie 
Xiwt Ifetm'd fome perilous tumndt to define, 
'Coqfui^d with WQunens^ cries, and fliouts of boys^ 

8ych as the troubled theao-es oft^tionles annoys. ^ ^ 


Thereat the.champions both ftobd IHU a fpace, > 
To weeten what that fuddeii clamour meant ; 
Lo where they ipide with fpeedy whirling pace^ - 
One in a charet of ftrange fumiment. 
Towards thMi driving likra ftorm out fent. 
The charet decked was in wondrous- wife, ' 
Vfidk gold and mmy a gdrgeous ornament. 
After the Ptrfian ^fonfu:ch's antique guife ^ 

Such as the miaker felf could befb by art devife. 


And drawn it was Ychat wonder lit it uiY^ 
Of two grim Lyons^ taken fromtJM irood. 
In wHich their powre all others did eKcell ; 
Nowtmade forget then*, former cruel mood, 
T' obey their riders heft,, as feemed good. 
And therein fate a Lady pafling fair 
And bk-^ht, that ieemed born of Angela brood. 
And with her beauty, bounty diii itompare, 

Whether of them in her iboul4 have -tbr greater ikare/> 

•Canto I'ft. T H £ Vk J RY QUE EVf.' %l 

. - XL#, . 

Thereto llie learned *ras in hiigick lear. 
And all the arts that fubtil wits difcdver. 
Having thertin be^n trained many a year,'/ * 

And well intttuAed by thtS Fay het* mother;' 
That in the fame ftie far excelled all other. 
Who underftanding by her mighty art. 
Of th* evil plight, in which 'her Reared brotfier 
Now ftood^ came forth ih hafte to taktf hi^ pait, . 

And paci6e the ftrife, which cau8*d (b deadly 'ftttart. 


And as tht pafled through th* unmly preacfi 
Of people thronging thick her to beholrf, ' 
Her angry teamlDreiking their bonds of pcice,' 
Great heaps of thefn, like Iheep in narrdw fold, 
Ffar hafte did over- run, in duft enrould j - ' 
That thorough rUde Confufloh of the rout. 
Some fearing Ihf iek*d, fome being harmed howlcf. 
Some laught for Jbort, fome did for Wonder Ihout^i. 

And fome thit woiiicl feem wife, their wonder tUrrtM to 

tLriv [doubt. 

In her right hand a rod of peace (he bore. 
About the which two Serpents weten WOuhd, 
Entrailcd niutually in lovely lore. 
And by the tails together firmly bound. 
And both wfcfe with one Olive girlond cfown-d, 
J-.ike to the rod which Maias fon doth wield. 
Wherewith the hellilh Fiends he doth confound. 
And in het* other band a cup fhe hild, * 

The which was with Nepenthe to the brim up-filld. 

. . . ■ JvJL«XII* 

J^epenthe is a drink of fOveralht grac?, 
Pevifed by the Gods, for to afluage 
Hearts gtief, and bitter gall away to chafe. 
Which ftirs up angUilh and Contentious ra^c : 
In ftead thereof, fweet peace and quiet age 
It doth eftablifh in the troubled mind. 
Few men, but' fiich as fober are and fage. 
Are by the Gods to drink thereof aflign'd j 

Sut fUCh a? drink, eternal happinefs to 6n4» 



Such famous men, fuch worthies of the earth. 
As Jovt win have advanced to the Iky, 
And there made Gods, though born of mortal birth. 
For their high merits and great dignity. 
Arc v^ont, before they may to heaven fly. 
To drink hereof; whereby, all cares fonepafl: 
Are wa{ht away quite from their memory. 
So did thofe old Heroes hereof tafte. 

Before that they in bills amongft the Gods were plafte; 


Much more of price, and of more gracious powre 
Is this, than that. fame water of Arden, 
The which Rindldo drunk in happy houre, 
Defcrlbed by that famous Tufcan pen : 
For that had might to change the hearts of men 
From love to hate, a change q( evil choice : 
But thb doth hatred make in Love to bren. 
And heavy heart with comfort doth rejoice. 

,Who would not to this vertue rather yield his voice ? 


At laft arriving by the liftes fide. 
She with her rod did foftly fmite the rail i 
Whidi ftreight flew ope, and gave her way to ride, 
Eftfoons out of her coach Ihe 'gan avail. 
And paceing fairiy forth did bid All hail, 
Firfl to her brother, whom (he loved dear, 
Th^t ib to fee him made her heart to quail : 
And next to Cambelly whofe fad rueful chear 

Made her to change her hue, and hiddcni^ove t' appea^ 


They lightly her requit.(for fmall deltj^t 
They had as then her long to entertain.) 
And eft them turned both again to fight. 
Which when fhe faw, down on the bloody plain 
Her felf fhe threw, and tears 'gan fhed amain \ 
Amongft her tears immixing prayers meek. 
And (with her prayers, reafons to reftrain 
From bloody ftrifc, and bleflcd peace to feekj 

By all that ynp them was de^r, did them befeek. 



But wlienas all might nought with them prevail. 
She fmote them lightly with her powreful wand. 
Then fuddainly, as if their hearts did fail. 
Their wrathful blades down fell out of their hand. 
And they like men aftoniOit, ftill did ftand. 
Thus whilft their minds were doubtfully diftraught^ 
And mighty fpirits bound with mtghder band. 
Her golden cup to them for drink Ibe raught, 

¥^hereof full gladfor thirft, eachdrunkan hearty draught; 


or which fo feon as they once tafted had 
(Wonder it is that fudden change to fee*) 
Inftead of ilrokes, each other kiiied glad. 
And lovely haulft from fear of trtafon free. 
And plighted hands for ever friends to be. 
When all men faw this fudden change of things. 
So mortal foes fo friendly to agree. 
For pafling joy, which fo great marvail brings,. 

They all 'gan Ihout aloud, that all the heaven rings* 


All which, when gentle Canacee beheld. 
In hafte ihe from her lofty chair defcended. 
To weet what fudden tidings was befeld : 
Where when flie faw that cruel war fo ended. 
And deadly foes fo faithfully afFriended, 
In lovely wife (he 'gan that Lady greet. 
Which had fo great difmay fo well amended ^ 
And entertaining her with courtTies meet, 

Ptofeft to her true friendship and afiedion fwcet. 


Thus when they all accorded goodly were. 
The trumpets founded, and they alt arofe. 
Thence to depart with glee and gladfome chear. 
Thofe warlike champions both together chofe. 
Homeward to march, themfelves there to repofc : 
And wife Cambina taking by her fide 
Fair Canacee as frefli as morning Rofe, 
Unto her coach remounting, home did ride, 

Admir'd of all the people, and much g^lorifide. 

4fi THEFilfRYQJLI^BN. BopklV- 

;Where making jo)ro|is fe^fts, their idays t^y^xnt 
In perfecl Love, devoid of h^te^l ^ife^ 
Allide with bands of mutual ^ompUment i 
For Triamond had C^tmic to wife, 
With whom he Iqd si Ipiig aad happy life ; 
And CambeU took Oxmbina to hisfer e. 
The which as life were each to other li^» 
So all alike did love, and loved were, 

fince their day fuch lovers wei)e ijiot found elfewihercn 


CANTO ly. . 


Satyrane mahs a iwnuymm 

Far lave of Fioriniell : 
BritomaFC wins the prize from 4lh 

And Arthegall doth quelU 


T often falls (as here it car ft befell) 
That mortal fees do turn to faithful friends; 
That friends profeft, are chang'd to foemen fcJJ : 
The oauie of both, of both their minds depends -^ 
And th'end of both, likewife of both their ends. 
For enmity, that of no ill proceeds. 
But of occafion, with th' occafion ends ; * 

And friendihip, which a faint afl^ftion breeds 
Without regard of good, dies like ill grounded feeds. . 


That well (me fccms) appears, by that of late 

Twixt C^Wi^^// and Sir Uriamond befell ; 
As als by this, that now a new debate 
Stird up twixt Blandamcur and Pariddl^ 
The which by courfe befalls me here to tell ^ 
Who having thofe two other Knights cfpWe 
Marching afore, as ye remember w:ell. 
Sent forth their Squire to have them both defcride^ ^ 
And eke thole masked Ladies riding them-bcfidc. 

Cmtmlt. THE FAIRY QUEEN, ^f 


Who back reeiirnlng^ cold as he had ften. 
That they were doughty Knights erf dreaded name j 
And thofe two Ladies, their two Loves un&en % 
And therefoce wiiht them without blot or blame^ 
To let tbtm pafs at will, for dread of Ihamc* 
But Blandoftmr full of vain glorious fprighc. 
And rather ftird by his difcordful Dame, 
Upon them gladly would have proved his might. 

But that he yet was fore of his late lucklela fighc 


Yet nigh approching, he them fbiil befpake, - l 

Difgracing them, himielf tbsreby to grace. 
As was his wont ; fo weening way to make 
To Ladies Love, where«-fo he came in place^ 
And with lewd terms their lovers: to deface. 
Whofe fharp provokement 4keiii incenft {o fore^ 
That both were bent t'avenge his ufage bafe. 
And 'gan their ihields addrefs themfelves afore : 

For evil deeds may better than bad words be bore« > 


But fair Cambina^ with perfuafions mild. 
Did mitigate the fiercenefs of dieir mode. 
That for the prelent they were reconcil'd. 
And *gan to treat of deeds of arms abroad, 
And ftrange adventures, all the way they rode: 
Amongft the which they told, as then befell. 
Of that great turney, which was blazed' broad. 
For that rich girdle of fair Rorimeli, 

The prize of her, which did in beauty moft excell . 


To which folk-mote they all with one confcnt, 
Sith each of them his Lady had him by, 
Whofe beauty each of them thought excellent. 
Agreed to travel, and their fortunes try. 
So as they pafled forth, they did efpy 
One in bright arms with ready fpear in refl, ' - 
That toward them his cduric feenl'd to apply, ^ 
Gainft whom Sir Pmdell himfelf addreft. 
Him' ifiGCCningt ere bo nigh ^pprocbt, to hav& raprcit. 



Which th'other feeing, 'gan his courfe refent^ 
. And vaunted fpear eftlbons to difadvance. 
As if he nought but peace and pleafure meant^ 
Now fain into their fellowlhip by chance ; 
Whereat they (hewed courteous countenance* 
So as be rode with them accompanide. 
His roving eye did on the Lady glance, 
A^hich BUmdamtmr had riding by his fide : 

Whomfurehe weend, that he ibmewhere tofbre had eydcf« 


It was to weet that fnowy FlorimU^ 

Which Ferrau late from Braggado cbio won : 
Whom he now feeing, her rememhred well. 
How having reft her from the Witches fon. 
He foon her loft : wherefore he now begun 
To challenge her anew, as his own prize. 
Whom formerly be had in battle won. 
And proffer made by force her to rcprife : 

Which fcomful o&v Blandamowr 'gan foon d^rpiTc* 


And faid, Sir Knight, fith ye this Lady claim. 
Whom he that hath, were loth to loTe fo light, 
(For fo to lofe a Lady, were great iliame,) 
Ye (hall her win, as I have done in fight: 
And lo (he (hall be placed here in fight. 
Together with this Hag befide her fer, 
That who*fo wins her, may her have by right : 
But he (hail have the Hag that is ybec. 

And with her always ride, till he another get. 


That offer pleafed all the company. 

So Florimell with Jfi forth was brought ; 

At which they all 'gan laugh full merrily : 

But Bra^adocbio faid, he never thought 

For fuch an Hag, that fcemed worfe than nought 

His perfon to imperil fo In fight. 

But if to match that L^y they h^d fought 

Another like, that were like fair and bright. 

His V^e he then would fpend to ju^ific his righu 

OotoIV. THE FAlllY QUEEN. 49 


At whkb his vMi octtfe thef air'giin fmile» 
As fcorning his unmanly cowardife : 
And FhrimeQ htm foully 'gan revile. 
That for her fake refused to enterprife 
The battle ofited in fo knightly wife. 
And J^ eke provokt him privily. 
With Love ot her and (hame of fuch mffpri(e» 
But nought he car'd for friend or enemy. 
For in bale mind nor friendfhip dwells nor enmity. 

But Cambell thus did (hut up all in jeft. 
Brave Knights and Ladies, certes ye do wrong 
To ftir up ftrife, when moft us n^eth reft. 
That we may us referve both frefh and ftrong, 
Againft the turneyment which is not long ; 
When who fo lift to fight may fight his fill : 
Till thea your challenges ye may prolong \ 
And then it ihall be tried if ye will. 
Whether Ihall have the Hag, or hold theLady ftilL 

They all agreed : fo turning all to game, 
AiKl pleafant bord, they paft forth on their' way. 
And all that while, where fo they rode or came. 
That masked Mock-Knight was their fport and play* 
Till that at length upon th' appointed day. 
Unto the place of turneyment they came ; 
Where they before them found in frefli array 
Many brave Knights, and many a dainty dame 
AflemUed, for to get the honour of that game. jA 

There this fair crew arriving, did divide 
Them&lves afunder : BUmdaimur with thofe 
Of his on th* one % the reft on di' other fide. 
But boaftful BraggadoMp ratber.chofe. 
For glory vain tbm jellowihip to lofe. 
That men on him the more might gaze alone. 
The reft themfelves in troops did elfe <Hfpofe, 
Like as it ieemed beft to every one ; 
TheJCnights in couples marcht, with Ladies linkt attooe. 
.Vol. II. D 

^ THE FA:IfcY.QJU.E.RN. .BboklV* 

Then firftffaJi forth aiM Sir ^^^It^oltf^ :\ 

Bearing that precious re^ueia an a^k. ... - • 
Of gold) that bad eyes might k ttot preface • < 
Which dra^^ng foftly fofdi oqt of the dark^ 
He open fhewM^ that all meo it tnote mariL; 
A gorgeous girdle, curioufly emboft 
With pearl and precious ftone^ worth Biany a mark ; 
Yet did* the worktnanfhip far pafs the coft : 

It w^W'tbe iame which lately Fkfimdl had bft. 


That fame aloft he hung i q ^pai view. 
To be^che jirize of beauty and cxf might ; 
The whtc4i eftfoons difcov^^'d, to it drew 
Th&eyes of all, altur'd with cliife delight. 
And hearts quite robbed with fo giorions figh^ 
That all men threw out vows and wUbea vain. 
Thrice happy Lady, and thrice happy Kni^t, 
Them feem'd, that could fp. gcbdly riches gain» 

So wortl^ of the peril, wortt^ of the pain. 


Then took the bold Sir Salyrsni jn hand 

An huge great fpear, fuch as he wont to wJekU 
And 'vanciqg torth from all the other baad 
Of Knights, addreft his in$i)den*headed fliield* 
Shewing himfelf all ready for the field. 
*Gainft whom, there fingied from the other fide 
A Painim Knight, that well in arms was skilkl. 
And had in many a bactleroft been (ride, 

Hight Brmchival the bold, whp [fiercely forth did 


So furioufly they both iogethcr naet. 

That oeiflher could the others force foftain* 
As two fierce Bulls, that fi;f lye ^he rule Co gpt 
Of all the herd, meet with fo hideous maim 
That both rebutted, tumble or\, the plaio-.. 
So thefe two champions (o the gpund. wibdc- f^^ 
Where in amaze they both did long remain^ 
And in their hands their idle truncheons held« 
.^hichpe^thpr a^.]w:6re co wag» or. odcq (owdd>. 



Which when the noble Ferramant efpide) 
He pricked forth in aid of Satyran ; 
And him againft Sir Bkmdamow did ride 
With all the ftrength and flifFneis that he cai^ 
But the more ftrong and (lifly that he rani 
So much nK>re forely to the ground he ^el^ 
That on a heap were tumbled horfe ^nd maiu 
Unto whoTe reicue forth rode ParideU ^ 

But him likewife with that fame fpear he eke did quell* 

XX. ^ 

Which Br4^ad$cbio feeing, hiad no will 
To haftcn gready to his parties aid, 
Aibe his turn were next^ but ftood there fUlI» 
As one that ieemed doubtful or difmaid. 
But Triamond half wroth to fee him ftaid. 
Sternly ftept forth, and raught away his Ipear^ 
Widi wfaicti fo fore he FerramotU al&id. 
That horie and man to ground he quite did bear^ 

That neidier could in hafte themfelves again uprear. 


Which to avenge. Sir Devon him did dight. 
But with no better fortune than the reft : 
For him fikewiie he quickly down did fmi^t^ 
And after him» Sir Douglas him addreft, 
And after him. Sir PaUmard forth ptdi; 
And none of them againft his ftrokes could ftand | 
But all the more, the more his praife increuft. 
For either they were left upon the land. 

Or went away fore wounded of bis haplefs hand« 

. XXII. 

And now by this, Sir Safyrane abndd, 
Out of the fwoun, in which too long he lay i 
And looking round about, like one difmaia^ 
Whenas he faw the giercilefs affray. 
Which doughty Triamond had wrought that day | 
Unto the noble Knights of Maidenhead, 
His mighty heart did almoft rend in tway. 
For very gall, that rather wholly dead 

Himfelf fae wilht have been, than in fo bud a ftead» 





Eftfoons he *gan to gather up around 

His weapops, which lay fcatter'd all abroad *, 
And as it fell, his deed he ready found. 
On whom remounting, fiercely forth he rocfe. 
Like fpark of fire, that from the anvile glode. 
There where he faw the valiant Trianumd 
Chafing, and laying on them heavy lode. 
That none his force were able to withftond. 

So dreadful were his ftrokes, fo deadly was his hond. 


» • • • • - * 

With that, at him his beam-like fpear he aim'd, 
And thereto 4II his powre and might applide : 
The wicked fteel for mifchief firft ordain*d. 
And having now misfortune got for guide,' 
Staid not till it arrived in his fide. 
And" therein made a very griefly wound. 
That; ftr^ams of blood his armour all bedide. 
Much was he daunted with that direful ftound. 

That fcarce he him upheld from falling in a iwound. 


Yet as he might, himlelf he foft withdrew 
Out of the field, that none perceiv'd it phin. 
Then 'gan the part of challengers anew 
To range the field, and viftor-like to reign, 
I'hat none againft them battle durft maintain. 
By that the gloomy evening on them fell. 
That forced them from fighting to refrain. 
And trunripets found to ceafe did them compel!. 

So Satyrane that day was judg'd to bear the belK 


The morrow next the turney •gan anew, 
And with the firft, the hardy Satyrane 
Appeared in place, with all his noble crew : • 
On th'other fide, full many a warlike fwain* 
Afiembled were, that glorious prize to gain. 
Bui *mongft them ail was not SitTriamond^ 
Unable he new battle to darrain, 
Through grievance of his late received wound» 

That doubly did him grieve, yrhcnfo faimfelf he found. 

OmtblY. -THE.HAtRlf QXIEEN. ai 


Which CamidKctingy. though he could not falve» 
Ne done undo, yet for to/alve his nanoe^ 
And purchaie honour in his friends bchalve. 
This goodly counterfeifiuice he did irame. 
The Ihield and arms well known to be the famc^ . 
Which ^riamoTid had vrom, un wares to wight. 
And to his friendunwifl;, for doubt of blame. 
If he mifdid ; he on hinifelf did dight. 

That none could him difcem, and fo went forth, to fight; 


Their Satyrane Lord of the field he found. 
Triumphing in great joy and jollity ; 
*Gainf): whom none able was to ftand on ground ^ 
That much he 'gan bis glory to envy. 
And cad: t'avenge his fdends indignity. 
A mighty fpear efcfixms at hio) he brat ; 
Who feeing him come on fo furiouily. 
Met him mid-way with equal hardimenc, 

'That ^cibly to ground they both tqgetber wenc« ^ 


They up aeain themfelves 'gan lightly rear^ 
And to their tried fwords themfelves betake ; 
WiiSi which they wroo^tfuch wondrous marvels there 
That; all the jeft it did amazed make. 
Ne any dar'd their peril to paitake; 
Now Cluing clofe, now chafing to and fro. 
Now hurtling rounds advantage for to take : 
As two wild Boars tc^ether grapling go, 

Chaufing, and foaming choler, each ag»ioft his foe« 


So as they courft, and turneyd heit and there. 
It cbaunft Sir Satyrane his fteed at laft. 
Whether through foundring or through fudden fear» 
To Humble, that his rider nigh he caft ^ 
Which vantage Cambell did purfue (o fail. 
That ere himlelf he bad recovred well. 
So (on he fouft him on the compaft creaft. 
That forced him to leave his lofty lelJ, 

And rudely tumbling down under his horfe feet felK 

D 3 



Lightlf CamkSo km down from fait fteed» 
For to have rent his fhield and arms avajr. 
That whylome wont to be eke yiSbars meed i 
When all unwares he felt an hideous fway 
Of many fwords diat load on him did lay. 
An hundred Knights had him enclo&d loundf 
To cefcue Saiyram out of his prey ; 
All which at onat hi^ ftrokes on him djkl poundt 

Ih hope to take him pritoner, where he ilood on ground. 


He with their multitude was nought dtifamid^ 
But with ftout courage curn'd upon them ail. 
And with ins brondiroa found about, htm laid \ 
Of which he dealt large alms, as did befall : 
Like as a Lion that by cKaunce doth fall 
Into the hunters toil, doth imge and rore. 
In royal heart difdaining to be thrall ; 
But ail in irain ; for what mig^t one do more ? 

They Have him uken captive, though it grieve him fore. 


Whereof when news to Triaimnd was brought. 
There as he lay, his wound he fooo forgot ^ 

'« 'And itardne up, ftraight for his armour fought: 
In vain he fought ; for there he found it not ; 
Cambello it away before had got : 
Cambello^s arms therefore he on hioEi threw. 
And lightly ifTu'd forth to take his lot. 
There he in tnoop found all that warlike crew, 

leading his friend away, full forry to his view. 


Into the thickell of that knightly preace 

He thruft, and fmote down ail that was between, 

^ ' Carried with fervent zeal ; ne did he ceafe. 
Till that he came where he had CambeU (ecn, 
Like captive dirall two other Knights atween^ 
There he amongft them cruel havock makes , 
That they which lead him, foon enforced been 
To let him loofe to fave their proper (lakes r 

Who being freed, irom one a weapon fiercely takes* 


With that he dn^c% it them nfkh timdfbl mighty 
Both. M J uiMuibniioo oF his rncnds late ntraif 
And in ccMogicinent^f his own defp^(ht i 
So both to^^eefaer pvt k new akuln^ 
As if *^w«g the battle^texfd warm. 
As when cniDrgreedy Woiws do break by ibrae 
Into an fterd^ tar froskche htoftaod fym^ 
Thqr ipoii and. rairio nithoac all remorfe; 

So did thefe twotfaraugk ajl the field* thi^ir foes enforce*. 


Fiercely theyrfrilow^d op thdr bold einprize<» 
Till trumpets found did warn them all to reft ; 
Then all with enexotifentdid yield the prite 
To r^^MPMnf and Gnniri; as the beft. 
But Triamond td Camkeil it releaft. 
And CamUl it to ^iprimnond transfer*d \ 
Each labouring to 8|dvaiice the others geft. 
And make his praiie before his own preler'd : 

So that the doom was to another day defer^d* 


The laft day cime, when all thofe Knights again 
Aflembkd were, their deeds (^ arms to (hew. 
Fttli mariy deeds that day were Ihewed plain : 
But Saiyrane 'bove all the other crew, 
His wondrous wcnth declared in all mens view, 
F.or frofai tha firft he to the laft endur'd * 
And tfami^ibfiie while fortune from him withdrew* 
Yet evermore his homnir be recur'd. 

And with unwearied powne his party ftill aflur'd. 


Ne wa^ there Knight that ever thought of arms. 
But that his utmoft prowcfs there made known. 
That by their many words, and careiefs harms. 
By (hiv^r*d fpear, and fwords all under ftrown. 
By fcatter'd (hieids was eafie to be fhown. 
There might ye fee loofe fteeds at random rone, 
Whofe lucklefs riders late were overthrown ; 
And Squires make hafte to help their Lords fordon : 

But ftill the Knights of Maidenhead the better won \ 



TUI that there entred on the other lide> 
A ftrtnger Knight^ from ^enoe, no nuut CMldread, 
In quaint difgaife, full hard to be defcrkle. 
For all his armour was like falvage iveed^ 
With woody. mofs bedight^ and all his Aesd 
AVitk oaken leaves attnqit, that feemed fit 
For falvage wight^ and thcieco well agmd 
His words which on his rag»d jhield were writ; 

Sahag^e fam finejfe^ Iheiraigtecret wit* 

He at his firft in*^oomeiog, charged .his (ftn 
At him, that firft appeared in his fight : 
That was to weet^ die ftout Sir Sat^ieriy^ 
Who well was known to be a valiant Knight^ 
Approved oft in many a perlous fight. 
Him at the firft encounter down he fmote» 
And over-bore beyond his crouper quight. 
And after him another Knight, diat hote 

Sir BriamTy fo fore that none him life behote. 


Then ere his hand he reard, he overthrew 
Seven Knights, one after other as they came : 
And when his fpear was bruft, his fword he drew. 
The inftrument of wrath, and with the fame 
Far'd like a Lion in his bloody game. 
Hewing, and flaihing jhields, and helmets bright. 
And beating down what ever nigh him came \ 
That every one 'gan ftiun his. dreadfid fight. 

No lefs than death it felf in dangerous afiiight. 


Much wondred all men, what or whence he came. 
That did amongft the troops fo tyrannize •, 
And each of other 'gan enquire his name. 
But when they could not learn it by no wife, 
Moft anfwcrable to his wild difguife 
Ic feemed him to term the ialvage Knighti 
But certes his. right name was otherwife. 
Though known to few, that ArtbegaU he hight. 

The doughticft Knight that liv*d that day, and moft of 




Thus was Sir Satyrme with all .his band. 
By his fcie inanhocxi and atchievement ftout 
I>iiinaid, chat none of them in field durft ftacid^ 
But beaten wore and chafed all abont. • 

So he Qontino*d all that day throughout, 
Till eireningt that the fun 'gan downward bend. 
Then rulhed forth but of the thickeft rout 
A ftraoger Knight that did his glory fhcnd ; 

So noiuht may fae eftcenied happy tilt the end» 


He at his entrance charg'd his powrefui fpear 
At jirtbigdli in middeft of his pride \ 
And therewith fmote him on his umbHere 
So fore^ that tumbling baek he down did Olde 
Over his hoifes tail above a ftride ; 
Whence little luft he had to rife again. 
Which CambfU feeing much the fame envide. 
And ran at him with all his might and main ; 

But fhortly was likewife fern lying on the plains* 


Whereat full inly wroth was Triamondy 

And caft t*avenge the fliame done to his friend ; 
But by his friend himielf eke Iboa he fond 
In no lefs need of help, than him he weend. 
All which when Blaffdamaur from end to end 
Beheld, he woxe therewith difpleafed fore. 
And thought in mind it (hordy to amend t 
His fpear he feucred, and at him it bore; 

But with no better fortune than the reft afore. 


• • ■■ 

Full many others at him likewife ran t 
But all of them likewife difmounted were, 
Ne certes wonder ; for no po\Vrc of man 
Could bide the force iof thtft enchanted fpear, 
The which this famous BritomaridiA bear ; 
With which Ihe wondrous deeds- of ariiis at^hie^'d^ 
And overthrew what ever c^me her near, 
I'hat all thofc ftranger Kmgfits full fore agrievM, 

And that latcweakcr band of challengers reliev*d. 



Like as in fumOMi^iQF^ .^hcn r9ffag^bfi9t 
Doth burn the earthy and boiled av«crdt]r» 
Thac^l brute b^s forc'd to refrain from meat» 
Do hunt for (hade, wbQre* fl)toudtd*diey may lioia 
And miffing it» feign fram themfelvttito.flie^ 
Alltrayeiler^ twmented are wicb psin : 
A watry clovd doch over4ift the:ikie) 
And pome^ forth a fuddaun fltowre of imifi. 

That all the wretcbfd world recomforteth agaii| : : c 


So did the warlike BrUomart reCbre 

The prize^ tQ Kpiffbts of Maidenhead that day 
(Which elfe wm like to have been loft) and i^re 
Ther praife of prowefs ivmi them ail away. 
Then ihrilling trutnpets k>ud]y *gan to bray^ 
And bade them^ir labours and long toil, 
To joyous feaft and other gentle play. 
Where beauties prize, (hould win that precious fpoil ; 

Where \ with found <>f (rump ^ill alio c^ awhile. 

■ , < !■ \V\ I I J' 

C A N T O V. 

the Ladies for tie girdle Jtrive 

Of famous FlcHiiyiell: 
Scudamour comeing to Cares boufe^ 

Dctb Jkep frm inm expeU. 

IT hath been dirough all ages ever feen^ 
That with the praife of arms and chevalry. 
The prize of beauty ftill hath joined been : 
And that for reaibns fpeciai privity : 
For either doth oi| other Qiuch rely. 
For he me feems moft fit the fair to ferve. 
That can her bed defend from villany \ 
And (he moft fit his fervic^ doth deferve, 
That faireft M» and from her faith will never fwexve^ 


So fitly no^ here oometh next in ^ce^ 
After the proof of proweis ended well. 
The controYcrie of beauties foveraine grace \ 
In which to her that doth the moft excel!. 
Shall fall the girdle df fair Phrimtili 
That n^iany wifli to win for glory vain. 
And not for mntaous ufe, whi^h fbnne do tell 
That glohpus belt did in it felf contain. 

Which Ladies ought to love, and ^k for to obtain, 


That g^fdle gave the vertue of chaAe Lo^e, 
And wivehood truc^ to alt that did it bear : 
But iKihofoever contrary dodi prove. 
Might not the fame about her middle wear. 
But it would loofe, or elfe afunder tear. 
Whilome it was (as Fairies wont report) 
Dame Vemu girdle, by her fteemed dear. 
What time i&s us'd to live in wively fort \ 

But laid afide, whenfo (he us'd her loofer fport* 


Her husb and Vulcan why lome for her fake. 
When firft he loved her with heart entire. 
This precious ornament they fay did make. 
And wrought in Lemnos with unquenched fire : 
And afterwards did for her Loves firft hire. 
Give it to her for ever to remain. 
Therewith to bind lafcivious defire. 
And loofe afi^ions ftreightly to reftrain ; 

Which vertue it for ever after did retain. 


The fame one day, when (he htt&ii difpos'd 
To vifit her beloved Paralnoiir, 
(The God of war,) (he from het* rtiiddl'e loos*d^ 
And left behind her in her fecret bowr. 
On AddaUan mouiit, wheite many' Atx hour. 
She with the pleafant GnUis wont to play. 
There Florimeil in her ^rft ages flowre 
Was foftred by thofe Graee$^ (as they lay) 

Afldlvoughc with her £rom thcMse that goo^Iy^belt away^ 



That goodly belt vrtis Ceftus hight by. name. 
And as her life by her efteemcd dsar, . 
No wonder then kF that to win the {ame 
So many Ladies fought, as (hall appear ; 
For peerlefs £he was tho^ght, chat did it bear. 
And now by this their feaft all being ended. 
The Judges which thereto feleAed w«re. 
Into the Martiaa field adown defended, 

Todeem this doubtfvl cafe, for which tbey all cootendecC 


But firft was queftion n>ade, which of thole ELni^hts . . 
That lately turneyd, had the wager won : 
There was it judged by thoie worthy wights. 
That Satyram the firft dvf beft ^had done : 
For he laft ended, having firft begun: 
The fecond was to friamond behight. 
For that he favM the viftor from fordone ; 
For CambellYi&xyv was in all mens fight. 

Till by milhap he io hi^ foe-mens hand did light. .1 


The third days prizq unto that ftranjger Knight, 
Whom all men term'd Knight of the hebene fpear. 
To Briiomart was given by good right; 
For that with puiflant ftroke fbe down did bear 
The Salvage Knight, that Vi6lor was whilear. 
And all the reft which had the beft afore. 
And to the laft unconquer'd did appear ; 
For laft is deemed beft. To her therefore 

The faireft Lady was adjudged for Paramour. 

But thereat greatly gn^ged Arihegally . ^ 

And much repin*d, ' that both oi Vidors meed. 

And eke of honour fhe did him foreftall. 

Yet mote he noi frithftand what was decreed s 

But inly thought, of that defpightfiil deed 

Fit time t*await avenged for to be. 

This being ended thus, and ail agreed. 

Then next enfu'd the paragon to fee 
Of beauties praUe> aiid.. yield, ctie f^ircft her du^^^^ '^ 

-Canto V. THE FAIkt^OjJEEN: ^i 

Then firft Camhelh brought untd thdr view 
His fair Cambina^ covrcd with a reil ; 
Which being once with drawn, moft perfeft hue 
And pafTmg beauty did efcfoons reveal. 
That able was weak hearts' away to fteal. 
Next did Sir diamond unto their fight 
The face of his dear Canacte unheal ; 
Whofe beauties beam eftfoons did (hine fb bright. 

That daz*d thk eyes of all, as with exceeding light. 


And after hertJid Parhkl^ produce 

His falfe Duejfaj that Ihe might be feen ; 
Who whK her forged beauty did fedoce 
The hearts of fome, that faireft her did ween : 
As diverfe wits aflfeftcd diverfe been. 
Then did Sir Ferramont unto them fliow 
His Lucida^ that- was full fair and fheen. 
And after thefe an hundred Ladies moe 

Appeared in place, the which each other did out-go. 


All which who fo dare think for to enchace. 
Him needeth fure a golden pen I ween, 
Tatell the feature of each goodly face. 
Foriincc the day that they created been. 
So many heavenly faces were not feen 
Ailembled in one place : ne he that thought 
For Cbian folk to pointraift beauties Queen, 
By view of all the faireft to him brought, 

So many fair did fee, as here he might have fought. 


At laft the moft redoubted BritonefSy 
Her lovely Amoret did open fhew : 
Whofe face difcover'd, plainly did exprcfs 
Theheavenfy pourtraift of bright Angels hue. 
Well weened all, whkh her that time did view, 
That fhc fliould furely bear the bell away, 
Till Blandamour^ who thought he had the true 
And very Fkrimell^ did her dilplay : * 

The fight of whom oncefcen, did all the rcftdifmay. 

6z THE FA;I|irQUEE:N. BooklV. 


For all afore that kmitd fah* and br%Iit^ 
Now bafe and contemptible did appear, 
CoflQpar'd to her that flione as PbaUs i^^» 
Amongft the lefler ftars in evening clear. 
All that her faw with wonder ravifbt were. 
And ween'd no mortal creature ihe (hould be. 
But fome celeftial fhape, that fleih did bear : 
Yet all were glad their FUrumll to iee : 

Yet thought that Flmmll was not lb fair as ibe. 

As guileful goldfmith that by (eeret ikiU^ 
With golden foU doth finely overlpred * 
Some bafer mctal» which commencl he will 
Unto the vulgar for good gold lofted. 
He much more goodly glofs thereon doth Ihedy 
To hide his fallhood, than if it were trcw : 
So hard this Idol was to be ared^ 
That FhrimcU herfelf in all mens view 

She-ieem'd to pafs : fo forged things do falreft ihew» 


Then was that golden belt by doom of all 
Granted to her as to the faireft Dame« 
Which being brought, about her middle fmall 
They thought to gird, as beft it her became ; 
But by no means they could it thereto frame. 
For ever as they faftned it it loosed 
And fell away, as feeling (ecret blame. 
Full oft about her waift (he it enclos'd ; 

And it as oft was from about her waift difclos'd. 


That all men wondred at the uncouth light. 
And each one thought, as to their fancies came. 
But fhe herfelf did think it done for fpight. 
And touched was widi fecret wrath and fhamc 
Therewith, as thing devised her to defame. 
Then many other Ladies likewife tride. 
About their tender loins to knit the fame i 
But it would not on one of them abide. 

But when ch^ thqug^t it fail:, eftfoona it was omide« 

C«i»V. T«E FAIRY QSJ£«N. ^^ 


Which when that fcornful Squin ofVmu dkl^MWf 
He lovtiif "gan co laiKh and fhuji to j^ft i . 
Alas for fkf that fo Uir a orew^ 
As like cannot be feen from eaft to weft». 
C«mot fiwl one this girdle to i^veft. 
Fie on the mm that did it firft invent^ 
To fliamc u$ ali.with this, Uiigsr^ unU^^ 
Let never Lady to his Ipve a&nt* 

That h9fh this ^ay fo many Co UAQianlv fbeiit. 


Thereat all Kn^tes 'gan huigh, d|i4I^«i loine ; 
Till thatat Uft the g^tli»4»^^^ 
LikewUe aflaid. to prove that girdles powre % 
And having it about her middle fec^ 
Did find it ifit, withouten breach or let. 
Whereat the reft 'gan gready to envy : 
But FUrwfell exceedingly did fret» 
And fnatching from her hand half angrily 

The belt agaiq^ about her body 'gan it tie. 


Xtt nathemore would it her body fit $ 
Yet nath^lefs to ber^ as her due right. 
It yielded was by them that judged it : 
Anid flie her felf adjudged to the Knight, 
That bore the hebene ipear, as won in fight. 
But Britmnart wpuld not thereto allent# 
Ne her own Jmoret forego fo light 
For that ftrangie Dame, whofe beauties wonderment 
She iefsefteem*d, than th'others vertuous government* 


Whom when the reft did fee her to refufe. 
They were full, glad, in hope themfelves to get her : 
Yet aft her choice they all did greatly muie. 
But aifter that, the Judges did arret her 
Umo the fecoad beft, that lov^d her better % 
That was the Salvage Knight : but he was gpnc 
in great difpleafure that be could not get her. 
Then was (he judged Triamnd his own ^ 

But Trimiwui lov*d Qnuups^ «n4 9Ch^r oone.^ 


44 THfeFAIftY QOEfiR Book:IV; 


Tho nnto^atyrsni flic was adjudgd. 
Who was right glad to gain fo goodly meed : 
But Blandamaur thereat full greatly gnidgd^ 
And little praisM his labours evil fpedd^ - 
That for to win the faddle loft the fteed. ' - 
Ne lefs thereat did P^ir/V&i/ complain^ 
And thought t' appeal^from that which was decreed. 
To fingle combat wkh Sir Satyran^ 

Thereto him Ate ftir'd, new difcord to maintain. 


And eke with thefe^ full many other Knights * 
She through her wicked working did incenfe. 
Her M demand) and challenge as their rights, 
Deferved for their perils recompence, 
Amongft the reft, with boaftful vain pretence 
Stept Braggadcibio forth, and as his thrall 
Her claimed, by him in battle won long (ince : 
Whereto her felf he did to witnefs call ; 

Who being aflct accordingly confefled all. 


Thereat exceeding wroth was Saiyran i 
And wroth with Satyr ane was Blandamcur i 
And wroth with Blandamaur was Erivan ; 
And at them both Sir Paridell did lour. 
So all together ftir'd up ftrifeful flour. 
And ready were new battle to darrain. 
Each one profeft to be her paramour. 
And vow'd with fpear and (hield it to maintun ^ 

Ne Judges powre, ne reafons rule mote them reftraim 


Which troublous ftir virhen Satyrane zviz^df 
He 'gan to caft how to appeale the fame i 
And to accord them all, this means devized z 
Firft in the midft to fet that fairtft Dame, 
To whom each one his challenge fhould df fclame, * 
And he himfelf his right would eke releaft : 
Then look to whom fhe voluntary came. 
He (houldwithout diftiirbance her poflfefs : 

Sweet is the Love that comes alone wkh wittingndCk 



Tbey all agreed : and then chat fnowy maid 
Was in the middeft plac'd among them all ; 
All on her gaxing wi(ht, and vowd, and praid. 
And to the Queen of beauty clofc did call. 
That fhe unto their portion might befall. 
Then when ihe long had lookt upon each one^ 
As though (he wiihed to have pleas'd them all. 
At laft, to Braggadocbio felf alone 

She came of her accord, in fpight of all his fone. 


Which when they all beheld, they chafe and rag'd^ 
And wox nigh mad for very hearts defpight. 
That from revenge their wills they fcarce aflfuagM : 
Some thought from him her to have reft by might 1 
Some proffer made with him for her to fight. 
But he nought car'd for all that they could fay : • 
For he their words as wind eftcemed light. 
Yet not fit place he thought it there to ftay, 

But (ecretly from thence that night her bore away. 


They which remained, fo foon as they perceived, 
That (he was gone, departed thence with fpeed. 
And followed them, in mind her to have reav'd 
From wight unworthy of fo noble meed. 
In which purfuit how each one did fucceed, 
Shall elfe be told in order, as it fell. 
But now of Britomart it here doth need 
The hard adventures and ftrange haps to tell % 

Since with the reft ihe went not alter F/arimdl. 


For foon as (he them faw to difcord fet. 
Her lift no longer in that place abide ; 
But taking with her lovely Amoret^ 
Upon her firft adventure forth did ride, 
To feek her lov'd, making blind Love her guide« 
Unlucky maid to feek her enemy ! 
Unlucky maid to feek him far and wide. 
Whom wfae& he was unto her fdf moft nigh. 
She through Us late dKguizement could him not defcrie. 
Vol, n. £ 



So much the more her grief, the more her toil : 
Yet neither toil nor grief, (he once did fpare, 
In feeking him, that (hould her pain tflhil ; 
Whereto great comfort in her fad misfare 
Was jimoreii companion of her care : 
Who likewife fought her lover long mif-went. 
The gentle Siudamam^^ whofe heart whilare 
That ftrifeful Hag with jealous difcontent 

Had fiird, that he co fell revenge was fully bent$ 


Bent to revenge on blamelefs BrUomart 
The crime, which curfed Att kindled carft. 
The which like thorns did prick his jeakMis heart, 
. And through bis foul like poifon'd arrow pierct. 
That by no reafon it might be reverft, 
For ought that GlaucS could or do or fay, 
For aye the more that fhe the fame rehearft, 
The more it galTd, and griev*d him night and day^ 

That nought but dire revenge his anger mote defray. 


So as they travelled, the drooping night 

Covered with cloudy ftorm and bitter fliowre 
That dreadful feem*d to every living wight. 
Upon them fell, before her timely houre ; 
That forced them to feek fomc covert bowre. 
Where they might hide their heads in quiet reft. 
And (hroud their perfons from that ftormy ftowre. 
Not far away, not meet for any gueft 

They fpide a little cottage, like fome poor mans neft. 


Under a fteep hills fide it placed was \ 

There where the mouldrcd earth had cav'd the bank ; 
And fad befide a little brook did pafs 
Of muddy water, that like puddle ftank ; 
By which few crooked fallows grew in rank : 
Whereto approaching nigh, they heard the found 
Of many iron hammers beating rank. 
And anfwering their* weary turns around. 

That feemed fome blackfrnithdweltjathatdeiert ground. 



There entring in, they found the goodman felf^ 
Full bufily unto his work ybent s 
Who was to weet, a wretched wearifh elf. 
With hollow eyes and raw-bone cheeks foripent^ 
As if he had in prifon long been pent : 
Full black and griefly did his face appear^ 
Befmeard with fmoke that nigh his eye^fight blent} 
With rugged beard, and hoary (hagged hair. 

The which he never wont to comb, or comely Ibear. 


Rude was his garment and to rags all rent. 
Ne better had he, ne for better car*d 
With bliftred hands emongft the cinders brent. 
And fingers filthy, with long nails unpar'd. 
Right fit to rend the food, on which he far'd. 
His name was Can\ a blackfmith by his trade, 
That neither day nor night, from working fparM, 
But to fmall purpofe iron wedges made \ 

Thofe be unquiet thoughts, that careful! minds invad<!^ 


In which his work he had fik fervants preft^ 
About the anvile (landing evermore. 
With huge great hammers, that did never reft 
From heaping ftroaks, which thereon foufed fore : 
All fix flxong grooms, but one than other more \ 
For by degrees they all were difagreed ; 
So likewife did the hammers which they bore, 
Lilft bells in greatnefs orderly fucceed, 

That he which was the laft, the firft did far exceeds 


He like a monftrous Giant feemM in fight, 
Far pafling Bronteus^ or Piracmcn great. 
The which in Upari do day and night 
Frame thunder-bolts for Jwes avengeful threat. 
So dreadfully he did the anvile beat. 
That feem'd to duft he (hortly would it drive : 
So huge his hammer and fo fierce his heat. 
That leem*d a rock of diamond it could rive^ 

And rend afundcr quite, if he thereto li£k ftrive. 

E a 



Sir ScuJamour there entring^ much adtniKd 
The manner of their work and weary pain ; 
And having }ong beheld, at lad enquired 
The caufe and end thereof: but all in vain ; 
For they for nought would from their work refrain, 
Ne let his fpeeches come unto their ear. 
And eke the breathfuU bellows blew amain» 
Like to the northern wind, that none could hear : 

Thofc Penfruenefs did move; and Sighs the bellows were. 


Which when that warriour faw, he faid no more. 
But in his armour laid hia(i down to refl:: 
To reft he laid him down upon the flore, 
(Whilome for vcntrous Knights the bedding bcft) 
And thought his weary limbs to have red reft. 
And that old aged Dame, his faithful Squire, 
Her feeble joints laid eke adown to reft. 
That needed much her weak age to defire. 

After fb long a travell, which them both did tire. 


There lay Sir Scudamour long while expedting. 
When gentle Ileep his heavy eyes would clofe; 
Oft changing fides, and oft new place electing, 
Where better feem*d he mote himfeif repofe. 
And oft in wrath he thence again uprofe *, 
And oft in wrath he laid him down again. 
But wherefoere he did himfeif difpofe. 
He by no means could wifhed eafe obtain : o 

So every place feem'd painful, and each changing vain. 


And evermore, when he to fleep did think. 
The hammers found his fenfes did moieft ; 
And evermore when he began to wink, 
Tlic bellows noife difturb'd his quiet reft, 
Ne fuffred fleep to fettle in his breaft. 
And all the night the Dogs did bark and houl 
About the houle, at fcent of ftranger gueft : 
And now the crowing Cock, and now the Owl 

Loud Ihrieking him afflifbed to the very fouL 

Canto vr THETAIRY QUfiEN. 69 


And if by fortune any little nap, 
Upon his Heavy eye-lids chaunc*d to fall, 
Efcfoon^ one of thofe villains him did rap 
Upon his head-piece with his iron mall ; 
That he was (bon awaked therewithall^ 
And lightly ftarted up as one affraid ; 
Or as if one him fuddainly did call. 
So oftentimes he out of flecp abraid. 

And then lay muzing long, on chat him ill apaid. 


So long he muzed, and fo long he lay. 
That at the laft his weary fprite oppreft 
With flefhiy weaknefs, which no creature may 
Long time refift, gave place to kindly reft. 
That all his fenfes did full foon arreft : 
Yet in his foundeft fleep« his daily fear 
His idle brain 'gan buGIy moleft. 
And made him dream thofe two difloyal were : 

The things that day moft minds, at night do moft appear. 


With that die wicked Carle, the matter Smith, 
A pair of red hot iron tongs did take 
Out of the burning cinders, and therewith. 
Under his fide him nipt ; that forc*d to wake 
He felt his heart for very pain to quake. 
And ftarted up avenged for to be 
On him, the which his quiet flumber brake : 
Yet looking round about him none could fee ; 

Yet did the fmart remain, though he himfeif did flee. - 


In fuch difquiet and heart-fretting pain. 

He all that night, that too long night did pafs. 
And now the day out of the Ocean main 
Began to peep about this earthly mafs. 
With pearly dew fprinkling the morning grafs. 
Then up he rofc like heavy lump of lead 5 
That iq his face, as in a looking glafs. 
The figns of anguilh one mote plainly read. 

And' gucls the man to be difmayd with jealous dread. 




Unto his lofty ftecd he clomb anon. 

And forth upon his former voyage fat'd. 
And with him eke that aged Squire attone ^ 
Who whatfoever peril was preparM, 
Both equal pains, and equal peril fliar'd : 
The end whereof and dangerous event 
Shall for another canticle be fpar'd. 
But here my weary team nigh over-fpent 

Shall breathe it felf a while, after fo long a went* 


Both Scudamour and Arthegal 

Do fight with Briromart : 
He fees her face\ doth fall in love^ 

And foon from her depart. 

. L 

What equal torment to the grief of mind^ 
And pining artguifh hid in gentle heart. 
That inly feeds it felf with thoughts unkind. 
And nourilheth her own confuming fmart ? . 
What medicine can any Leeches art 
Yield fuch a fore, that doth her grievance hide. 
And will to none her malady impart ? 
Such was the wound that Scudamour did gride \ 

For which Dan Pha^bus felt cannot a falve provide. 


Who having left that rcftlefs houfe of Care^ 
The next day, as he on his way did ride, 
Full of melancholy and fad misfare. 
Through mifconceit ; all unawares efpide 
An armed Knight under a foreft fide. 
Sitting in (hade befide his grazing fteed ; 
Who foon as them approaching he dcfcride, 
'Gan towards them to prick with eager fpced. 

That feem*d he was full bent to fame mifchicvous deed* 



Which ScuiMmr per(^ving» forth iflb*d 
To have rencountred bim in cjqual t^/zt % > 
But loon as th'other, nigh approching) view'd 
The arms he bore, his fpear he 'gan abafe. 
And void his courfe ; at which fo fuddaia cafe 
He woodred much. But ch'other thus gan fay ; 
Ah ! gentle Scudamour^ unco your grace 
I me lubmit, and you of pardon pray. 

That almoft had againft you uefpailed this day. 


Whereto thus Scudamoi^ I fmall harm it were 
For any Knight, upon a ventrous Knight 
Without diipleafance for to prove his fpear. 
But read you Sir, fith ye my name have bight. 
What is ycAir own ? that I mote you requite. 
Certes, faid he, ye mote as now excufe 
Me from difcovering you my name aright : 
For time yet ferves that I the fame refufe^ 

But call ye me the Salvage Knight^ as others ufe. 


Then this. Sir Salvage Knight^ quoth he, arced ; 
Or do you here within this foreft wonne ? 
(That feemeth well to anfwer to your weed) 
Or have ye it for fome occafion done ? 
That rather fcems, fith knowen arms ye (hone. 
This other day, faid he, a ftranger Knight 
Shame and diftionour hath unto nie done ; 
On whom I wait to wreak that foul defpight. 

Whenever he this way Ihall pafs by day or night. 


Shame be his meed, quoth he, that meaneth ihaitiCr . 
But what is he, by whom ye ihamed were ? 
A ftranger Knight faid he, unknown by name. 
But known by tame, and by an heben fpear. 
With which, he all that met him, down did bear. 
He in an open turney lately held. 
From me the honour of that game did rear *, 
And having me all weary earft, down feld, 

Tlie faii^eft Lady reft» and ever fmce withheld^ 

£ 4 

ft. THE FAIRY OUEEN. tooklV. 


When Scudamour heard mention of that ipear. 
He will right well, that it was Britomart^ 
The which from him his faireft Love did bear. 
Tho 'gan he fwcU in every inner part. 
For fell defpight, and gnaw his jealous heart. 
That thus he ftiarply faid ; Now by my head. 
Yet is not this the firft unknightly part. 
Which that fame Knight, whom by his lance I read. 

Hath done to noble Knights, that many makes him dread, 


Ipqv lately he my Love hath from me reft. 
And eke deBled wtth foul villany 
The facred pledge, which in his faith was left. 
In ihame of Knighthood and fidelity ; 
The which ere long full dear he fliall aby. 
.And if to that avenge by you decreed 
This hand may help, or fuccour ought fupply. 
It (hall not fail, whenfo ye (hall it need. 

So both to wreak their wraths on Britomart agreed. 


Whiles thus they communed, lo far away 
A Knight foft riding towards them they fpide, 
Attir'd in foreign arms and ftrange array : 
Whom when thejf nigh approacht, they plain defcride 
To be the fame, for whom they did abide. 
Said then Sir Scudamour^ Sir Salvage Knight, 
Let me this crave, fith firft I was defide. 
That firft I may that wrong to him requite : 

And if I hap to fail, you fhall recure my right. 


Which being yielded, he his threatful fpear, 
'Gan fewter, and againft her fiercely ran. 
Who foon as fhe him faw appKoaching near 
\l/ith fo fell rage, herfelf flic lightly *gan 
To dight, to welcome him, well as fhe can j 
But entertained him in fo rude a wife. 
That to the ground fhe fmote both horfe and man i 
Whence neither greatly hafted to arife. 

But on tlich" common harms together did devifct 



But ArthegaU^ beholding his mifchance, 
Hour matter added to his former fire ; 
And efc aventring his fteel-headed lance^ 
Againft her rode, full of difpiteous ire. 
That nought but fpoil and vengeance did require. 
But to himfelf his felonous intent 
Returning, difappointed his defire. 
Whiles unaware&his faddle he forwent. 
And found himfclf on ground in great amazement* 

Light] y he ilarced up cmt of. that ftound ; 

And fnatching forth his direful deadly blade, 
« ' Did leap to her, as doth an eager iiound 
Thruft to an Hind within fome cpvert glade. 
Whom without peril he cannot invade. 
With fuch fell greedinefs he her afiaiPd, 
That though (he mounted were, yet he herinade 
To give him ground (fo much his force prevail'd) 
And fhun his mighty ftrokes,'gainil which 00 arms avail'db 

So as they courfed here and there, it chaunft 
That in her wheeling round, behind' her creft 
So foreiy he her ftrook, that thence it glaunft 
Adown her back, the which it fairly blefl: 
From foul mifchaunce ; ne did it ever reft. 
Till on her horfes hinder parts it fell ^ 
Where biting deep, fo deadly it impreil. 
That quite it chyn'd his back behind the fell. 
And to alight oq foot her algates did compell : 

XIV. . 
Like as the Ugbtoing brond from riven Iky, 
Thrown out by angry Jove in his vengeance. 
With dreadful force falls on fome fteeple high ; 
Which battring down it on the church doth glance, 
And tears it all with terrible mifchance. 
Yet Iheno whit difmaid, her fteed forfook. 
And cafting from her that enchanted lanoe. 
Unto her fword and Ihteld her fbon betook ; 
And therewithal at him right furioudy ihc ftrook. 



Sa furioufly flic ftroofc in bcr firft heat; * 
Whiles with long fight on foot he breathlefs was, . 
That (he him forced backward to retreat. 
And yield unto her weapon way to pals ; 
Whofe raging rigour neither fteel nor farafs 
Could flay, but to the tender Befli it went. 
And pour'd the purple blood forth on ths grafs; 
That all his mail yriv'd^ and plates yrent, 

Shew^d all his body bare unto the cruel dent. 


At length, whenas he iaw her hafty heat 
Abate^ and panting breath begin to fail. 
He through long fuflPraace growing now more great, 
Rofe in bis ftrength, and 'gan her frefli aflail, 
Heaping huge ftroaks, as thick as fliowre of hail. 
And ladling dreadfully at every part. 
As ifiic thought her foul to difentraiL 
Ah ! cruel hand, and thrice more cruel heart. 

That wDtk^ft fuch wreck on her, to whom thou dearelt artl . 


What iron courage ever could endure. 

To work fuch outrage on fo fair a creature ? 

And in his madnefs thmk with hands impure 

To fpoil fo goodly workmanfhip of nature, v 

The maker felf refembling in her feature ? 

Certes fbme bellifli fury, or fome Fiend 

This mifcbief fram'd, for their firit loves defeature. 

To bathe their hands in blood of dearcft friend. 

Thereby to. make tbdr loves beginning, their lives end. 


Thus long tl^ey trac*d« and traverft to and fro^ 
Sometimes purfuing, and fometimes purfu'd. 
Still as advanuge they efpide thereto : 
But toward th*end. Sir Jbribeial renew'd 
His flrength ftill more, but flic ftill more decrew'd. 
At laft his lucklefs hand he heav*d on high. 
Having his forces all in one accrew'd ; 
And therewith ftrook at Jber fo hideoufly. 

That fesoied nought but death mete be her defliny. 

Canto VI. 'THE FAIRY QIJEE]^; ;5 


The wickfd ftroke upon her helmet chaunft. 
And with the force which in itfclf it bore. 
Her ventall fhar*d away, and thence forth glaunft 
Adown in vain, ne harm*d her any more. 
With that her Angels face (unfcen afpre,) 
Xrike to the ruddy mom appeared in fight. 
Dewed with filvcr drops, through fwcaxing fore ; 
But fomewhat redder than befoem'd aright. 

Through toilfome heat, and labour of her weary fight,^ 

And round about the fame, her yellow hair 
Having through ftirring loos*d their wonted band. 
Like to a goldeti border did appear. 
Framed in goMfmiths forge with cunning hand: 
Yet goldfmiths cunning could notunderftand 
To frame fuch fiibtile wire fo fliiny clear. 
For it did glifter like the golden fand. 
The which FaBolus with his waters flicer. 

Throws forth upon the rivage round about him near. 


And as his hand he up again did rear^ 
Thinking to worlc on her his utmoft wrack. 
His powrclefs arm benumb*d with fecret fear. 
From his revengefull purpofe fhrunk abackj 
And cruel (word out of his fingers flack 
Fell down to ground, as if the fteel had lenfe. 
And felt fome ruth, or fenfe his hand did lack : 
Or both of them did think, obedience 

To do to fo divine a beauties excellence, 


And he himfelf long gazing thereupon. 
At laft fell humbly down upon his knee, 

' And of his wonder made religion, 

Weening ft>me heavenly Goddefs he did fee^ 
Or elfe unwceting what it cilfe might be \ 
And pardon her bcfought his errour frail^ 
That had done outrage in fo high degree : 
Whilft trembling horrour did his fenie affail. 

And made each member (^^qake^and manly heart c$'fi[uaifg 

76 T« E F A 1 RTC QU El^ N, Book IV. 


Nath'lefs, (he fuH of wrath for that late ftmk^ 
All that long while upheld her wrathfull haod> 
With fell intent, on him to been yroke. 
And looking ftern, ftill over him did ftand, 
Threatning to ftrike, unlefs he would wtthftand : 
And bade him rife or furely he fhould die. 
But die or live, for nought he would" upftand. 
But her of pardon prayd more earneftly. 

Or wreak on him her will for fo great injury^ 


Which whenas Scudanwur^ who now abraid. 
Bene id, whereas he ftood not far afide, 
He was therewith right wondroufly difmaid : 
And drawing nigh, whenas he plain defcride 
That peerlefs pattern of Dame natures pride^ 
And heavenly image of perfection. 
He bleft himfelf, as one fore terrifide ; ^ 

And turning fear to faint devotion, 

Did worfliip her as fomc cele(Jial vifion. . r 


But Glauce\ feeing all that chanced there, • . \ 

Well wceting how their errour to affoil. 
Full glad of fo good end, to them drew near. 
And' her falewd with feemly bel-accoil. 
Joyous to fee her fafe after long toil. 
Then her befought, as (he to her was dear. 
To grant unto thofe warriours truce awhile j 
Which yielded, they their beavers up did rear, 

And fhew'd themfelves to her, indeed they were. 


When Britomart with fharp avizeful eye 
Beheld the lovely face <rf Artbegal^ 
Tempred with ftcrnnefs and ftout majefty, • 

She *gao eftfoons it to her mind to calU 
To be the fame which in her fathers hall 
Long (ince in that enchanted glafs (be faw. 
Therewith her wrathful courage 'gan appallj^ 
And haqghty fpirits meekly to adaw, 

;r enhanced hand (he down, 'gan foft withdraw* 





Yet flic it forc'd to hare again upheld. 
As feigning choler, which was turn'd to cold : 
But ever when his vifage fhe beheld. 
Her hand fell down, and would no longer hold 
The wrathful weapon 'gainft his count*nance bold : 
But when ia vain to fight fhe oft aflayd. 
She arm'd her tongue, and thought at him to fcold ; 
Nathlefs, her tongue not to her will obeyd. 

But brought forth fpeeches mild, when ihe would have 

XXVIII. [miffaid. 

But ScudammtTy now woxen inly glad. 
That all his jealous fear he falfe had found. 
And bow that Hag his Love abufed had. 
With breach of faith and loyalty unfound. 
The which long time his grieved heart did wound. 
He thus befpake ; Certes, Sir ArthegaUy 
I joy to fee you lout fo low on ground. 
And now become to live a Ladies thrall. 

That whylome in your mind wont to defpife them all. 


Sooa as (he heard the name of JrthegalU 
Her heart did leap, and all her heart firings tremble. 
For fuddain joy, and fecret fear withall. 
And all her vital powres with motion nimble. 
To fuccour it themfelves *gan there aflfemble \ 
That by the fWift rccourfe of flufliing blood 
Right plain appeared, though (he it would diflemble» 
And feigned Itill her former angry mood. 

Thinking to hide the depth by troubling of the flood : 


When Glmci thus 'gan wifely all upkntt -, 

Ye g^tie Knights, whom fortune here hath brought^ 

To be fpe&ators of this uncouth fit. 

Which fecret fete hath in this Lady wrought, 

Againft the courfe of kind : ne marvail nought, 

Ne henceforth fear the thing that hitherto. 

Hath troubled both your minds with idle thought, 

Feiiring leaft (he your Loves away fhould woo. 

Feared in vain^ £ith means ye feo there wants thereto* 

7« THE FAIRY QUEEN. ttdkiV"^ 


And you Sir Jrfbegaf^ the Salvage Koighc^ 
Hencefof cti may not difdain, chat womans hand 
Hach conquered you anew in fecond fight : 
For wbylome they have conquered fea and land. 
And heaven it felf, that nought may them withftaad. 
Ne henceforth be rcbdlioua unto Love, 
That is the crown of Knighthood, and thie band 
Of nobie minds derived from above : 

Which being knit with vero^e, never wiJl remove* 


And you fair Lady-Knight, my deareft £>aiiie» 
Relent the figour of your wradiful will. 
Whole fire wiere better turn'd to other flame ^ 
And wiping out remembrance of all ill. 
Grant him your grace ; but fo that he fulfill 
The penance, which ye (hall to him impart : 
For Lovers heaven muft pafs by forrows hell. 
Thereat full inly bluihed Briiamart: 

But Jr^begul clofe fmiling, joy'd in fecret heart* 


Yet durft he not make love fo fuddainly, 
Ne think th* afieftion of her heart to draw. 
From one to other fo quite contrary : 
Befide^, her modell countenance he faw 
So goodly grave, and full of Princely awe. 
That it his raging fancie did refrain. 
And loofer thoughts ro lawful bounds withdraw ; 
Whereby the paflion grew more fierce and fain. 

Like toa ftubbom fteedwhom ftronghand would reftrain*. 


But Scudamcter whofe heart twixt doubtful fear 
And feeble^ hope hung all this while fufpence^ 
Dcfiring of his Amoret to hear 
Some giadfuli news and fure intelligence. 
Her thus befpake *, but Sir without oflS^nce 
Mote I requeit you tidings of my Love, 
My Amoret^ fith you her freed from thence. 
Where ihe captived long, great woes did proves 

That where ye left, I may her feek as doth bebo¥C. 



To whom, thus Uriiamart \ Certes, Sir Knight^ 
What is of her become, or whither reft, 
I canDOt unto you aread aright. 
For from that time I from enchanters theft 
Her freed, in which ye her all hopelefs left, 
I her preferv'd from peril and from fear. 
And evermore from villanie her kept : 
Ne ever was there wight to me more dear 

Than ihe> ne unto whom I more true love did bear« 


Till on a day, as through a defart wild 
Wc travelled both weary of the way. 
We did alight, and fate in fhadow mild ; 
Where fearlefs I to fleep me down did lay. 
But whenas I did out of fkep abray, 
I found her not, where I her left whylear. 
But thought (he wand red was or gone aftray. 
I caird her loud, I fought her far and near i 

But no where could her find, nor tidings of her hear. 


When Scudmmmr thofe heavy tidings heard. 
His heart was thrild with point oS deadly fear i 
Ne in his face or blood or life appeared, 
But fenfelefs ftood like to a mazed Steer, 
That yet of mortal ftroke the ftound doth bear : 
Till Glance thus ; fan- Sir be nought difmaid 
With needlefs dread, till certainty ye hear : 
For yet Ihe may be fafe though fomewhat ftraid ; 

It's beft to hope the bed, though of the worft afraid. 


Nath'lefs,- he hardly of her chearful fpeech 
Did comfort take, or in his troubled fight 
Shewed change of better che ar : fo fore a breach 
That fuddain news had made into his fpright i 
But BMomari him fairly thus behight ; 
Great caufe of forrow, certes fir ye have : 
But comfort take : for by this heavens light 
I vow, you dead or living not to leave. 

Till I her 6ndi and wreak on him that her did reave. 

8o THE FAIRY QUEEN. . BooklV. 


Therewith he refted> and w^ll pkafed wa3« 
So peace being confirm'd amongii: theai all, 
They took their deeds, and forward thence did -pals^ 
Unto fome refting place which moce befall: 
All being guided by Sir. Jrtbegal. 
Where goodly folace was unto them made. 
And daily feafting both in bowre and ball. 
Until that they their wounds. well healed had. 

And weary limbs recur'd, after late ufage bad. 


In all which time. Sir Jrtbegal made way 
Unto the love of noble Britomart : 
And with meek fervice and much fuit did lay 
Continual fiege unto her gentle heart ; 
Which being whylome lanc*d with lovely dart. 
More eath was new impreflion to receive. 
How ever fhe her paind with womaniih art 
To hide her wound, that none might it perceive : 

Vain is the art that feeks it felf for to deceive. 


So well he woo'd her, and fo well he wrought her» 
With fair entreaty and fwcet blandifhmcnt. 
That at the. length, unto a bay he brought her. 
So as fhe to his fpeeches was content 
To lend an ear, and fofcly to relent. 
At lait through many vows which forth he pour'd. 
And many oaths ilie yielded her confent 
To be his Love, and take him for her Lord, 

Till they with manage meet might finiih that accord. 


Tho when they had long time there taken reft. 
Sir Artbegail (who all this while was bound 
Upon an hard adventure yet in queft) 
Fit tinf)e for him. thence to deparc it found. 
To follow that which he did long propound ; 
And unto her his congee came to take. 
But her therewith full fore difpleas'd he found. 
And loth to leave her late betrothed make ', 

Her deareit Love full loth fo (hortly to forfake* 


Yet he with ftrong perfoafions her afluag*d» 
And won . her will to fufFer him depiait ; 
for which his faith with her he faft eng^*d. 
And thoufand vows from bottom of his heart, 
TMf aJl to fbon as he by wit or art ' 
Could that atchieve, whereto he did afpire. 
He unto her would fpeedily revert : 
No longer fpace thereto he did. defire^ 
But till the horned Moon three courfea did expiit, 

With which (be for the prefent was appeas'd^ 
And yielded leave, however malcontent 
She inly were,, ahd in.hef* hiind difpleas'd. 
So early on the morrow next he went 
Forth on his way, to which he was ybent ; 
Ne wight him to attend, or way to gutde, 
As whylome was the cuftom ancient 
'Mongft Knights, when on adventures tKey did ride^ 
Save that (he algates him awhile acdompanide. 

And by the way, fhe fundry purpofe found 
Of this or that, the time for to delay. 
And of the perils whereto he was bound. 
The fear whereof feem'd much her to aSray : 
But all (he did was but to wear out day. 
Full oftentimes (he leave of him did takci 
And eft again deviz*d fomewhat to fay. 
Which fhe forgot, whereby excufc to make : ^ . 

So l6th fhe Was his company for to forfake. 

At laft when all the fpeeches fhe had fpent. 
And new occafion faiPd her more to find,' 
She left him to his fortunes government. 
And back' returned with right heavy mind. 
To Scudamour^ whom fhe had left behind : 
With' whom (he went to feek fair Amoret^ 
Her fecond care though In another kind ; 
For vertues bnly fake (which doth beget 
True love and faithful friendlbip) ftac by her did fct. 
Vol. 11. F 



Back to that dcfcrtforcft they TCtir*d, J 

Where forry Britomart had loft her late ; 
There they her fought, and every where ih<{uir'dt 
Where they might tidings get of her eftate % 
Yet found they none. But by what hapldfs fatc^ 
Or hard misfortune fhe was thence conreyd^ 
And iloln away from her bebved mate. 
Were long to tell ; therefore I here will ftay • 

Until another tide^ ^t I it finifli may. 



« • 



AmoreC rapt by greedy kft 

Belphsebe faves frtm dread r 
The Squire her loves^ and being blamed * 
* - His iays in dole doth lead. 


Great God of Love, that with thy cruel darts 
Doft conquer greateft conquerors on ground. 
And fet'ft thy kingdom in the captive hearts 
Of Kings and Keafars, to thy fervice bound. 
What glory, or what guerdon haft thou foUnd 
In feeble Ladies tyranning fo fore ; 
And adding anguilh to the bitter wound. 
With which their lives thou lancedft Ibng ifori, ' 

By heaping ftorms of trouble on them daily more ? 


So whylome didft thou to fair Florimell^ 
And fo unto the noble Britoinart : 
So doft thou now to her of whom I tell. 
The lovely Amoret \ whofe gentle heart 
Thou martyreft with forrow and with fmart. 
In falvage forefts, and in de'ercs wide. 
With Bears and Tigers taking heavy part, 
Widiouten comfort and withoucen guide \ 

That pity is to hear the perils which ihe tride. 

Quito Vn. THE F*rRY Q^UEEN. $3 


So foon as fhc with that brave Britmiefty 
Had left that turneyment for beauties prixe. 
The/ travcU'd long ; that now for wearinefs. 
Both of the way^ and warlike exercife. 
Both through a foreft riding, did devife 
T'alight, and reft their weary limbs awhile. 
There heavy fleep the eye-lids did furprife 
OfBrUmart after long tedious toil. 

That did her pafied pains in quiet r«ft affiMl* 


The whiles fair Anwet (of nought affeard) 
Walkt through the wood, for pleafure, or for need \ 
When fuddainly behind her back (he heard 
One rufhing forth out of the thickeft weed : 
Huit ere (he back could turn to taken heed. 
Had unawares her fnatched up from ground. 
Feebly Ihe (hriekt; but fo feebly indeed, 
That BritctHort heard not the (hrilling Ibund, ^ ^ 

There where through weary travel flit lay fleeping ibuA^ 

V • 

It was to wcet a wild and falvage man ; 
Yet was no man, but only like in fliape. 
And eke in ftature higher by a fpan. 
All over-grown with hair, that could awhape 
An hardy heart ; and his wide mouth did gape 
With huge great tcfeth, like to a tulked Bor^ : 
For he liv'd all on ravin and on rape 
Of men and beafts ; and fed on flefhly gore, 
Tb^ fign whereof yet ftain*d Ms bloody lips afore; 


His neather lip was not like man nor bealt:^ 
But like a wide deep poke^ down hanging low. 
In which he wont the reliques of his tea(t 
And cruel fpoil, which he had fpar'd, to (low ; 
And over it, his huge great nofe did grow. 
Full-dreadfully empurpled all with blood ; 
And down both fides, two wide long ears did glow^ 
And rought down to his watft, when up he ftood, 

^ore great than th* ears of Elephants by Indus flo6(i« 

F ^ 

81 THE FAIRY «UEElf- Jookm 


His waift was with a ip^reath of ivy green:' ' .. 

Engirt about, ap other garment wore : 
For al),his hair was like a garment fceni 
And in hi3 hand a tall youi% Oak he bpre, ... . 
Whofe knotty fp^gs were jharpncd all afiwc, 

* And be^th*d in fire for fteel to be in ftcd. . 

But wheiKe he wa5, or of what womb yboi'e, . J 
Of beafts, or of the eartih,^ I hav^e not read : 

But certes waJ.wUh milk of Wolves aod Tigers fed, . 


This ugly creature^ in his arms her featcht. 
And through the foreft bore her quite aw4y, 
with breares and bulhes all to rent and fcratcht;. 
Ne care he» had, ne pity of the prey. 
Which ma.ny a Koight had fought fo many a day. 
He ftayed not, b^ut in his arms her bearing, . 
Ran till h^ came to th* end of all his way, 
Unto his Qave, far from all peoples bearing, [ing. 

Aad there he threw her iD,nought feeling,ne nought fear- 


For fhe fdear L^dy) all the way was dead, 

Whilft he^in arms her bore ; but when flie felt 
Her felf down foud, fhe waked out of dread 
Straight into grief that her dear heart nigh fwelt, ; 
And eft 'gan into tender tears to melt. 
Then when Hie lookt about» and nothing found 
But darknefs and- dr^ad bocroqr where (he flwelt, ^ 
She almoft fell again into a fwound } 

Ne^vift whether above, flie were, or under ground. 

• ••" ■ .Xi •■ 

With that (he heard /ome one clo(e by her fide 
SigHiQgand fobbing for«, as if the pain 
Her tender heart in pieces would divide : 
W^iich (kt long liftning, foftly a(kc again 
What mutter wight it was that fo did plain i 
To whoo),. thus anfwer*d was ; Ah ! wretched wiglit. 
That feeks to know anothers grief in vain, 
llnye^^ing of thiixe own like haplcfs plight : 

Sel£ tQ/orge^ o> mind angjhsr, , i% qrc:right. '. 

4 * 1 



Ay mc ! faid fhe, where am I, or with whom ? 
Emong the living, or cmong the dead ? 
What fhall of me unhappy maid become ? 
Shall death be th* end, or ought elfe worfe, aread. 
Unhappy maid* then anfwer'd fhe, whofe dread 
Untride, is lefs than when thou fhalt it try : ' 
Death is to him that wretched iife doth lead. 
Both grace and gain ; but he in hell doth lie. 

That lives a loathed life, and wiihing cannot 4ie. 


This difmal day, hath thee a caytive made. 
And vaflal to the vileft wretch alive ; 
Whofe curfed ufage and ungodly trade 
The heavens abhor, and into darknefs drive : 
For on the fpoil of women he doth live, 
Whofe bodies chafte, whenever in his powre. 
He may them catch, unable to gain-ftrivc. 
He with his fhameful luft doth firft deflowre ; 

And afterwards thcmfelves doth cruelly dovoure. 


Now twenty days (by which the fons of men 
Divide their works^ have paft through heaven (heen, 
Since I was brought into this doleful den ; 
During which fpace, thefe forry eyes have feen 
Seven women by him flain, and eaten clean; 
And now no more for him but I alone. 
And this old woman here remaining been. 
Till thou cam*ft hither to augment our mone ; 

And of us three, tomorrow he will fureeat one. 


Ah dreadful tidings which thou doft declare, 
Quoth jfhc, of all that ever hath been known : 
Full many great calamities and rare 
This feeble brcaft endured hath, but none 
Equal to this, whereever I have gone. 
But what aref you, whom like unluc]ky lot 
Hath linkt with me in the fame chain attone ? 
To tell quoth fhe, that which ye fee, needs not; 

A woeful wretched maid, of God and tnan forgot. 

I' 3 



But what I was, it irks me to rehearfe ; 
Daughter unto a hard of high degree : 
That joy d in happy peace, till faces perverlc 
With guileful love did fecretly agree. 
To overthrow my flate and dignitic. 
It was my lot to love a gentle fwatn. 
Yet was he but a Squire of low degree ; 
Yet was he meet, unlefs mine eye did fain. 

By any Ladies fide for Leman to have lain. 


But for his meannefs and difpanigement^ 
My Sire (who me too dearly well did love) 
Unto my choice by no noeans would afient. 
But often did my folly foul reprove. 
Yet nothing could my fixed mind remove. 
But whether wUl'd or nilled friend or foe, 
I me refolv'd the utmoft end to prove ; 
And rather than my Love abandon fo. 

Both, Sire, and friends, and all for ever to forgo. 


Thenceforth I fought by fecret means to work 
Time to my will ; and from his wrathful fight 
To hide th' intent, which in my heart did lurk. 
Till 1 thereto had all things ready dight. 
So on a day, unweedng unto wight, 
I with that Squire agreed away to flit. 
And in a privy place, betwixt us hight. 
Within a grove appointed him to meet ; 

To which I boldly came upon my feeble feet. 


But ah unhappy hour me thither brought : 
For in that place where I him thought to find. 
There was I found contrary to my thought. 
Of this accurfed Carle of hellifh kind) 
The ihame of men, and plague of womankind : 
Who truffing me, as Eagle doth his prey, 
Mb hither brought with him, as fwift as wind. 
Where yet untouched till this prejfent day, 

I reft his wretched thrall, the fad JEmHa. 



Ah fad jEmiSa^ then fiud Amorel^ 
Thy ruefiil plight I pity as rotne own. 
But read io me, by what device or wit, 
Haft thou in all this time, from him unknown, 
Thine honour fav'd, though into thraldom thrown ? 
Through help, quoth ihe, of this old woman hi(ie 
I have fo done, ai (be to me hath ihown : 
For ever when he burnt in luftful fire. 

She in my ftead fupplide his beftial defire^ 


Thus of their evils as they did difcoujfe. 
And each did other much bewail sind mone; 
Lo where the villain felf, their forrows fourfc. 
Came to the cave , and rolling thence the (lone. 
Which wont to ftop the mouth thereof, that none 
Might jfTue forth, came rudely rufhing in it 
And fpredding over all the flore alone, 
'Gan digbt himfclf unto his wonted fin ; 

Which ended, then his bloody banket fliould btg^n« 


Which wheqfts fearful Jmore$ perceived. 
She (laid not th'utmoft end thereof to try. 
But like a ghaftly Gelt, whofe wits are reav'd. 
Ran forth in hafte with hideous outcry. 
For horrour of his fhameful villany* 
But after her full lightly he uprofe, 
And her purfu'd as fait as (he did fly : 
Full faft flie fiies, and far afore him goes, 

Ne feels the thorns and thickets prick her tender toes. 


Nor hedge, nor ditch, nor hill, nor dale Ihe ftays. 
But overlaps them all, like Roebuck light. 
And throu^ the thickeft makes her nighcft.ways j 
And evermore whan with regardful fight 
She looking back, e^ies that griefly* wight 
Approaching nigh, ihe 'gins to mend hec pace, 
And makes her fear a fpur to hafteixer fiight : 
More (wift th^ Myrrh* or Dnpbrn in her race. 

Or any of ^t'tbra^ian Nymphs in falvagCLcliafe. 

F 4 



Long fo ihe fied, and lo he followed long ; 
Ne living aid for her on earth appears. 
But if the heavens help redreis her wrong. 
Moved with pity of her plenteous tears. 
It fortuned Be^abe with her peers 
The woody Nymphs, and with that lovely boy, - 
Was hunting then the Libboids and the Bears^ 
In thefe wild woods, as was her wonted joy. 

To banilh floth, that oft doth noble minds annoy. - 


It fo befell (as oft it falls in chace) 
That each of them from other fundred were, * 
And that fame gentle Squire arriv'd in place. 
Where this fame curfed caytive did appear, * 
Purfuing that fair Lady full of fear ; 
And now he her quite overtaken had : 
And now he her away with him did bear • 
Under his arm, as feeming wondrous glad. 

That t;y his grinning laughter mote far off be rad« 


Which drery fight the gentle Squire efpying. 
Doth hafte to crofs him by the neareft way^ 
Led with that woeful Ladies piteous crying. 
And him ailails with all the might he may : 
Yet will not he the lovely fpoil down lay; 
But with his craggy club in his right hand. 
Defends himfelf, and faves his gotten prey. 
Yet had it been right hard him to withftand, 

But that he was ioXL li^ht, and nimble on the land. 


Thereto the villain ufed craft in fight ; 

For ever when the Squire his javelin Ihook, 
He held the Lady forth before him right. 
And with her body, as a buckler, br^ko 
The puiflance of his intended ilroke. 
And if it dbanc'd (as needs it muft in i^ht) 
WhilH: he on him, was greedy to be wroke. 
That any little blow on her did light, * 

Then would he laugh aloud^ and gather great delight. 

Vn. " T H E P A I R Y * QUE E N. ^ 


Which fubtile ffigKt did him cncumt>cr much. 
And made him oft, when he would ftrikc,' fbfbear ; 
For hardly could he come the Carle to touch. 
But chat he her muft hurt, or hazard near : 

^ Vet he his hand fo carefully did heart 
That at the laft he did himfelf attain. 
And therein left the pike-head of his ipear. 
A fiream of cole-Wack blood thence guftit amain. 

That all her filken garments did with blood beftain. 


Wth that he'threw her rudely on the flore. 
And laying both his hands upon his glave. 
With dreadful ftrokes let drive at him fo fore. 
That forc'd him flie aback, himfelf to fave : 
Yet he therewith fo felly ftill did rave. 
That icarce the Squire his hand could once uprear. 
But (for advantage ground unto him gave. 
Tracing and traverfing, now here, now there ; 

FcMT bootlefs thing it was to think fuch blows to bean - 


Whilft thus in battle they embuficd were, 
Bilpbabe (ranging in tnat foreft wide) 
The hideous noife of their huge ftrokes did hear, . 
And drew thereto, making her ear her guide. 
Whom when that thief approchtng nigh elpide, ' 
With bow in hand, and arrows ready bent. 
He by his former /combat would not bide. 
But fled away wit'h ghaftly dreriment. 

Well knowing her -to be his deaths fole inftrumcnt. 

• XXX. ^ 

Whom feeing fly, fhe fpeedily purfb'd 
With winged feet, as nimble as the wind ; 
And ever in her bow fhe ready fliew*d 
The arrow, to his deadly mark defign*d ! 
As when Lj/<7w^j daughter, cruel kind, ; 

In vengemcnt of her mothers great difgrace. 
With fell defpight her cruel arrows tind 
*Gainfl: woeful Niobes unhappy race, 

That all the Godsdid mone her mifcrable cafe« 

0^ T H E-P Al R Y qjJ E ER l^ok m 

80 well 026 fped her, and fo f ar (he vntred 
That ere unto his hfillUh den he raughfy 
E'en as he ready was there to have cntred* 
She.fent an arrow forth with mighty draughty 
That in the very door him over caughf. 
And in his nape arriving^ through it thrild 
His greedy throat, therewith in two diAraug|iC § 
That all lus vital fpirits diereby fpiira. 

And all his hairy breaft with gory blood was fiU*d. 


Whom when on ground (he groveling faw to rool, * 
She ran in hafte his life to have bereft : 
But ere (he could him reach> the finful foul. 
Having his carrion corfe quite fenfelefs ]eft» 
Was fled to hell» furcharg'd with fpoil and theft. 
Yet oVer him (he there long gazing ftood, 
'And oft admired his monftrous (hape, and oft 
His mighty limbs* whilft all with filthy blood 

The fJace there, overflown, leem'd like a fuddain floods 


Thenceforth Ihe pa(l into his dreadful den^ 

Where nought but darkfome drerinefs (be found. 
The creature faw, but hearkened now and then 
Some little whifpring, and foft groaning found. 
With that (he aikt, what ghofts there under ground 
Lay hid in horrpur of eternal night ? 
And bade them, if fo be they were not bound. 
To come and (hew tbemfelves before the light. 

Now freed from fear and danger of that difmal wig^ 


Then forth the fad jEmilia iflUed, 
Yet trembling every joint through former fear ; 
And after her the Hag, there with her mew'd, 
A foul and loathfome creature did appear ^ 
A Leman flt for fuch a Lover drear. 
That raov*d Bdpbabe her no lefs to hate. 
Than for to rue the others heavy chcar 5 
Of whom (he 'gan enquire of her cftate. 

Who all to her at large, as hapncd, did relate; 



Thence (he them bfoughc. toward the {dace where late 
She left the gende Squire with Jmont: 
There (he him found by that new. lorely mate» 
Who lay the whiles in Iwoun, full fadly iet^ 
From her fur eyes wipine the dewy wet. 
Which foftly ftill'd, and kifling them atwrni. 
And handling foft the hurts, which (he did get 
For of that Sarle (he forely bruiz*d had been. 

AIs of his own rafh hand one wound was to be (eep. 


Which when (he faw; with fuddain glancing eye. 
Her noble heart with fight thereof was filPd 
With deep diidain, and great indignity. 
That in her wradi (he thought them both have thrill'd^ 
With that felf arrow, which the Carle had kill'd \ 
Yet held her wrathful hand from vengeance fore. 
But drawing nigh, ere he her well beheld \ 
Is this the faith, (he faid, and faid no more. 

But tum'd her face, and fled away for evern^ore* 


He feeing her depart, arofe up light. 
Right (ore agrieved at her iharp reproof. 
And foUow'd faft : but when he came in fight. 
He dorft not nigh approach, but kept aloof,. 
For dread of her dilpleafures utmoit proof* 
And evermore, when he did grace intreat. 
And framed fpeeches fit for his behoof. 
Her mortal arrows (he at him did threat. 

And forc'd him back with foul difhonour to retreat. 


At iaft when long he followM had in vaun. 
Yet found no eafe of grief, nor heap of grac% 
Unto thofe woods he turned back again. 
Full of fad anguiih, and in heavy cafe : 
And finding there fit folitary place 
For woeful wight, chofe OHt a gloomy glade. 
Where hardly eye mote fee bright heavens face 
For mo(ry trees^ which covered all wich fliadt; 

And fiid melancholy : there he ixis cabin made. 

^a TH E F A I R Y QJJ £"E N- Book I V. 


His wonted warlike weapons all he broke 
And threw away, with vow to ufc no more, 
Ne thenceforth ever ftrike in battle ftroke, 
Ne ever word to fpeak to woman more ; 
But in the wildernefs (of men forlore. 
And of the wicked world forgotten quight) ; 

His hard milhap in dolour to deplore. 
And wafte his wretched days in wbefirf plight > ' * , 
So on himfelf to wreak his follies own defpight. 

And eke his garment, to be thereto meet. 
He wilfully did cut and ihape anew ; 
And his fair locks, that wont with ointment fweet 
To be embalm'd, and fweat out dainty dew, 
He let to grow, and griefly to concrew, 
Uncomb'd, uncurl'd, and carelefly unfhed ; • 
That in (hort time his face they overgrew, 
And over all his Ihoulders did dilprcad. 
That who he whylome was, uneath was to be read. 

There he continued in this careful plight, 
Wretchedly wearing out his youthly years. 
Through wilful penury confumed tjuight. 
That kke a pined ghoft he foon appears. 
For other food than that wild forcft bears, 
Ne other drink there did he ever tafte 
Than running water, tempred with hfe 'tears. 
The more his weakned body fo to wafte ; 
That out of all mens knowledge he was worn at lalh 

For on a day (by fortune as it fell) 

Hi$ own dear Lord Prince Arthur came that way. 
Seeking adventures where he mote hear tell ; 
And as he through the wandring wodd did ftray. 
Having efpide this cabin far away. 
He to it drew, to weet who there did wonnc 
Weening therein fome holy Hermit lay. 
That did refort of finful people (hufi, * 

Orelfe fome wood-mairflwouded there fronifcorchmg fun. 



Arriving.thpre he found this wretched man. 
Spending his days in dolour and defpair; 
And through Jong fafting woxen pale and wan. 
All overgrown with rude and rugged hair ^ 
That albe it his own dear Squire he were. 
Yet he h}in knew not, . ne aviz*d at all ; 
But like ftrange wight, whom he had feen no where, 
Saluting b^m, 'gan into fpeech to fall. 

And pity much his plight* Uiat liv'd like outcaft thrall, 


But to his fpeech be anfwered no whit, 
But ilood (till mute, as if he had been dumb, 
Ne fign of fenfe did (bew, ne commpn wit. 
As one with grief and anguifh overcome. 
And unto every thing did anfwer mum : 
And ever when the Prince unto him fpake. 
He louted lowly, as did him become. 
And bumble Homage did unto him make, 

Midft forrow fhewing joyous femblance for his fake. 


At which his uncouth gpife and ufage quaint. 
The Prince did wonder much, yet could not guefs 
l^he caufe of that his forrowful conftraint ^ 
Yet ween'd by fecret figns of manlinefs, 
Which clofe appeared in that rude brutiihnefs. 
That he whylome fome gende fwain had been, 
Train'd up in feats of arms and knightlinefs ; 
Which he obferv*d, by that he him had ken 

To wield bis naked fword, and try the edges keen* 


And eke by that he faw on every tree. 
How he the name of one engraven Iiad, 
Which likely was his liefcft liove to be. 
For whom he now fo forely.was beftadi 
Which was by him BELPHOEBE rightly rad. 
Yet who was that Bilpbcsbe^ lie ne wift ; 
. Yet faw he often how he wexed glad, 
When he it heard, and how the ground he kid, 

Wberejn it written was, and how.himfeifl^c Uift. 



Tho when he long had marked his demeanour^ 
And faw that all he faid and did was vaio^ ' 
Ne ought mote make htm change bis wonted tenour, 
Nc ought mote eafe or mitigate his pain. 
He left him there in langour to remain^ 
Till time for him ibould remedy provide^ 
And him reftore to former grace again. 
Which for it is too long here to abidc^ 

I will defer the end untill another tide. 


CANTO vin. 

^be gentle Stjnire receivers graie: 

Slander her guejls doth ftain : 
Corfi^mbo xbafetb Placidas, 

Jnd is hy Arthur flain. 


Well faid the wifeman, now provM true by this. 
Which to this gentle Squire did happen lateji 
That the difpleafure of the mighty is 
Than death it felf more dread and defperate t 
For nought the fame may calm, ne mitigate^ 
Till time the te mpeft do thereof delay 
With fuffrance foi'c, which rigour can abate. 
And have the ftern remembrance wipt away ' 

Of bitter thoughts, which deep therein infixed lay. 


Like as it fell to tl)i« unhappy boy, 
Whofe tender heart the fair Belpbcfie had 
With one ftcrn look fo daunted, that no joy 
In all his life, which afterwards he lad. 
He ever tailed ; but with penance fad, 
And penfive forrow, pin*d and wore away, 
Ne ever laught, ne once IhewM countenance glad ; 
But always wept and wailed night and day, 

As bkiftcdbloofm through heat doth languid and decs/ 

CntbVin. T]££:¥*AlRt QUEEN. ^s 

Till on a daf (is ifK bis wonted ivlft 
His dobl he made) thore chanft a Turtle-Dove 
Tocome^ whem he kis dolors did devife» 
That likewife lace had loft her deaitft Love^ 
Which loTS) her mode like paflfon alfo prove, 
Who feeing his rad'|>light, her tender heart 
With dear tompaffioh deeply did emmove. 
That (he *gan monte hift undeienred fmart, 

Aod with h^r dokfut actent, bear With him Ji pattv 

She fitting by hifli, zt on ground he lay, 
Her mournful notes ilill ptteoufly did frame. 
And thereof made a lamenmble lay. 
So fenfibly compil'd, that in the fame 
Him feemcd oft he bealxl hif own eight name; 
With that, he forth would pour ft» plenteous (ears»^ 
And beat his breaft unworthy of fuch blame. 
And knock his h6ad, and rend his rugged hai^s. 

That could have pierc'd the hearts of Tygers and of Bears 

Thus long tits ^ntle bird to him did u(e, 
Withoucen dread <^ peril to repair 
Unto hi^'w4nnei and with her mournful mule 
Him to recomfort in his greateft care. 
That much did eaie his mouroing and misfare: 
And every day, for guerdon of her fong. 
He part of his fmall teaft to her would (hare ^ 
That at the laft, of all his woe and wrong. 

Companion (he became, and fo continued long* 


Upon'a day as (he htm fate belide. 
By chance he certain miniments forth drew. 
Which yet with him as reliques did abide 
Of all the bounty which Belpbabe threw 
On him, whilft goodly grace (he did him (hew: 
AmoDgft the reft a jewel rich he found. 
That was a ruby of'^ right perfedt hue, 
Shap'd like a heart yet bleeding of the wound. 

And with a liiUlo golden chain atxmt it bound* 



The fame he took, ^uM with a ribjMiKl^ new 
(In ivvhich his I^adies.colpurs were) did bind 
About the Turtles neck, that with the view 
Did greatly folace his ^ngrteved (nind. 
All unawares the bird, wh^n (he did jfipd 
Her felf fo deckt, hjsr nimbJe wings diiplaydy 
And Bew away, ^ lightly as the wind ; - 
Which fuddain accident him .much .difmay*d 

And looking ^fter loag, did marlji which w^y (he tttwd^ 


But whenas lone he looked had ia rvatn, 
Yet faw her forward ftill to make her flighty 
His weary eye returned to him again. 
Full of difcomfort and difquiet plight^ 
That both his jewel lie h^d Joil (o light» 

, And eke his dear compafnipn of bis cafe^ 
But that fwcet bird departing^ fl^w forth righc ' 
Through the wide r%ion of the wgfteful air^ 

Until Ihc came whe^e wonned his Bclj^h. feir* 


There found Ihc her (as then it did betidejr 
Sitting in covert fliade of arbowrs fWect^ 
After late weary toil, which flie h^d t^de 
In falvage chafe, to i«ft as feem'd her meet. 
There ijie alighting,, fell before her feet. 
And *gan to .Jier her mournful plaint to make. 
As was her wont j thiokina to let her weet 
The great tormenting grief, that for her fake 

Her gentle Squire through her difpleafurc did partake. 


She her beholding with attentive eye, , 
At length did mark about her purple brcaft 
That precious jewel, which flic for;nerly 
Had known right well, wich colourd ribbwds-dreft : 
Therewith flie rofe in haftc, and her addrcft 
With ready hand it. to have reft away. 
But the fwift bird obeyd not hqr bcheft. 
But iwcry'd afide, and there, ag^p did ftay 5 

She followed ter> »nd thought Mgwn it tp affay. 

,tixm Till. TH E FA I R Y Qi; E E N. -jf 


And ever wheti fhc ftigh approacht^ tba Dovd 
Would flu a litclc forward, ami then ftay 
TiU ihc d|r«w aear, and then again remove : . . 
So tempting her itill to purfiie the prey, 
And (liJl frqm her eic^ping fofc away : 
Till that at length, into that foreft. wide 
Stkt drqw her far, and. Jed with flow delay» 
In th'end, fhe her unto that place did guide, 

^Whereas that woeful man in languor di$l al?i4(:. 


Eftfoons die flew unto his fearlefs faand^ . / 

And there a piteous ditty new devis'd. 
As if flie would have made him underfland> 
His furrows caule to be of her defpis'd. 
Whom when fhe faw in wretchc^d weeds diguis^ds 
With hairy glib dcform'd, and meagre face, 
Liltje Gholt late rifen from his grave agris^d^ 
She knew him not but pitied much his cafe. 

And wiflit it were in her to do him any grace. 


He her beholding, at her feet down fell. 
And kift the ground on which her fole did tread^ 
^ And walht the fame with water, which did well 
From his moid eyes, and like two flreams proceed % 
Yet fpake no word, whereby ftie might aread 
What mifter wight be was^ or what he meant : . 
But as one daunted with her prefence dread. 
Only few rueful looks unto her ient. 

As mefl^engers of his true meaning and intent. 


Yet nathemorc^ his meaning Ihe aread, 
But wondred much at his fo felcouth caie % 
And by his perlbns fecret feemlibead 
Well weend, that he had been fome man of place^ 
Before misfortune did his hue deface : 
That being mpv*d with ruth (he thus befpake i > 
Ah ! wpetul man, what heavens hard difgrace, . 
Or wrath of cruel wight on thee y wrake, > 

Or lelf difliked life, doth thee thus wretched make i : 

Vol. n. G 


... XV. 

If heaven^ then none may it redrefs or blame^ 
Sith to his powrc we all are fubjeft born : 
If wrathful wight, then foul rebuke and (hame 
Be theirs, that have fo cruel thee forlorn ; 
But if through inward grief, or wilful fcom 
Of life it be, then better do ad vife. 
For he whofc days in wilful woe are worn. 
The grace of his creator doth defpife. 

That will not ufe his gifts for thanklefs nigar(fife^ 


When fo he heard tier fay, eftfocms he brake 
His tedious filence, which he long had pent. 
And fighing inly deep, her thus befpake : 
Then have they all themfelves againft me bent : 
For heaven (firft author of my languUbracnt^ 
Envying my too great felicity, 
Dkl clofely with a cruel one confent. 
To cloud my days in doleful mifery. 

And make me loath this life, ftill longing for to dye* 


Ke any but your felf, O deareft dred, 

tiath done this wrong; to wreak on wortblefs wigKt 
Your high difpleafure, through mifdeeming bred i 
That when your pleafure is to deem aright, 
You may redrefs, and me reftore to light. 
Which forry words, her mighty heart did mate 
With mild regard, to lee his rueful plight. 
That her in-burning wrath (he 'gan abate. 

And him received again to former favours ftatr« 


In which, he long time afterwards did lead 
An happy life, with grace and good accord v 
Fearlets of fortunes change, of envies dread, 
' 'And eke all mindlefa of his own dear Lord 
The noble Prince, who never heard one word 
Of tidings, what did unto him*betide, 
Orwhat ^3od fortune did to him affi)rd ; 
9ut through the endlefs world did wander wide, 
iihf^king ever nrare, yet no where liim defender ' 


nil on a day^ as throu^ that wood he rbde» 
He jchancM to come where thofe t#<o Ladies late, 
^mrjUa and Anurei abodie; 
Both in full fad and ibrrowful eftatfi; 
The one right feeble, through the evil rate 
Of food^ which in her durefs (he had 'found : 
The other almoll dead and defperate 
Through her fate hurts, andthrobgh that haplefs wound^ 

With which the Squire in her defen^ce her fore aftound^ 


Whom when the Prince beheld, he 'gan to rew 
The evil cafe in which thofe Ladies iajr. 
But mbft was moved at the piteous ^iew 
Of Amoret^ fo near unto decay. 
That her great danger did him much difmay. 
Eftlbons that precious liquor forth he drew. 
Which he in (lore about him kept alway. 
And with few drops thereof did foftly dew 

Her Wounds, that unto ftrength re(lor*d her ibon anew^ 

. XXI. 

Tho when they both recovered were right well. 
He 'gan of them inquire, what evil guide 
Them thither brought ; and how their harms befell 
To whom they told all that did them betide. 
And how from thraldom vile they were untide 
Of that fame wicked Carle, by virgins bond ; 
Whofe bloody corfe they Ihcw'd him there befide. 
And eke his cave, in which they both were bond : 

At which he wondred much, when all thofe figns he iovAi 


And Evermore, he greatly did defire 
To know, what virgin did them thence unbind ; 
And oft of therti did earneftly inquire, . 
Where was her wonnc, and how he mote her HikI. 
But ii^henas nought according to hin mind 
He could out-learn, he them from ground did rcaf 
(No fervice loathfome to a gentle kind) 
And on his warlike bead them both did bear, 

Kimfelf by them on foot to fuccour them from £rar« 

G a 


So when ^atf<|itft they l\sud pafled well, . . 
A little cottage far away they ipide. 
To which they drew, ere night upon them (di %, 
And entring 40$ found none therein abide. 
But ono old woman fitting there befide,, . . . 
Upon the ground in ragged rude attire. 
With filthy locks about her fcatter'd wide, 
^^ Gnawing her nails for ^Inefs and for ire^ 
^^nd thereoqt fucking venom to her parts entire* 

A foul acKl loathly creature fure in .fight. 
And in conditions to be loath'd no lefs : 
For (he wa& ftuft with rancour ajid jde(pight . 
Up to the throat •, that oft with bitterneS 
It forth would break> and gu(h in great excels^ 
Pouring out ftreanis of poitcui and of gall, 
Gainft all that truth or vertue do profefs; 
Whomihe with kafings lewdly did mifcall. 
And wickedly back- bite : her name men Slander call* 

Her nature is all goodnefs to abufe. 

And caufelefs crimes continually to frame; 
; With which ihe guiltlefs perfons may accufe,. 
And fteal away the crown of their good name : 
Ne ever Knight fo bold, nc ever Dame 
So chafte and loyal liv'd, but (he would (Irive 
With forged caufe jthem falfly to defame : - , 
l^t ever thing fo well was doen alive, 
^t (he with blame would blot^, and of (due praife deprivq. 

XXVI. — 

Her words were not as common words- are meant, 
T*exprefs the meaning of the inward mind > 
But noifome breath, and poif nous fpirit fehc - ' . 
From inward parts, with cankred malice lihM, 
And breathed fprth with blaR of bitter ^ind^; 
Which palling through the cars, woul/i pierce tKc heart. 
And wound the foul it felf with jgrief unkind : 
For like the (lings of Afps, that kill, with ftttart, ' 
Her^%ightful woroTdid prick^ and wound the inner part 

• *y 




Such was chie Ifitg, finm^c tt> hoft ftfch-^gueftiv " ' ' T 
Whonvgreateft Prince court would wdcoiM>fiifahl 
But need (chat anfwers not to att requefts) \ 

Bade them not look fort)eticr ent^rtain^ > 
And^eke that age dcTpifednicenefs rain^ * ^ 

EnuF^tTtb hardnefs and to homely fiwe, - ' ^ 
Which ilhcAi'^to walike discipline did train,' "» 

And manly limbs endur'd with Jittle care, ' r :- "* 

Againft all hard mHha»>s; and forcundefs oisfare*!. 


Then all that>ven?n]g: (welcomed withidcrtd • \ : 
And chftarlefs hunger) they together fpeht; 
Yet found no fault, but that the Hag'did fcold 
And rail at them with grodgeful dtfconteni^ * 
For lodjging there without her dwn confi^r ^ V 
Yet ^ey endured all with patience anldi**' :t& 
And unco reft themftlvcft ^11 onlylent^^ >, , . 
Regardlefs of that quean fb ■ bafe and viMJ/ r 

To be uii)iift)y Uam'd,' and bitterly revil'd* ^ - - ^ , ' 

Here well I ween, whenas thefe rhimes be^read ' .\ 
With mif^regafd, that fome raih whifed wight^- 
Wfaofe loofer thought will lightly be mifled, 
Theie gentle Ladies will mifdeem too light, • 
For thus converfing with' this noble Knight i 
Sith now of days fuch temperance is rare : - 
And hard to find, that heat ot youthful ipright 
For ought will from his greedy pleafure ipare. 

More hard, for hungry fteed t'abftain from pleaiaat lift* ^ 

But andque age, yet hi the infancy ' 

Of time, did live then like an innocentf 

In fiHiple truth and blamelefs chaftity, 

Ne then of guile had made experiment i 

But ydid of vile and treacherous intent. 

Held vertue for it feif in foveraine awe ; ] 

Then loyal love had royal regiment^ 

And each unto his loft did make a law, 
Fron» all forbidden thinn his liking to witfadnm^ -' 


tai? JTHE FAIRY QJJEBlf. tppklV. 

X3CKI. : 

The Lyot^1bBie<l3idl iHth th^ Lamb ^Nifcrtu ' 
Vbid! dee tblet D^ ftce bjr the Fdukons: fi4e, ;: 
Ne each of' ddier ftared fr«udi or tort. 
But did in fyft fecuritf tbide^ 
Witbouten ftatA of the ftr6nger.;^ide : 
But when the m>rld.wox oldf k wox warre old 
(Whereofrit Ught) and hAtiag flioitly tr^ 
The traina a6 wii:^ in imrki^diteia w6x boldt . . 

And darod olatt itns cbe ftcret^ to unfold^ 

Then beauty,; Wiicfi was madfe to vepitefeiit * 
The great Critatocs ewn refemblance brig^ty 
Untd 'afattlb:biF4aMlers luft wa9.1ent. 
And m^de the bait of beftial delight : 
Then fatr:|^»ar &)ul» aoid foul grew fair in figkiji ' 
And that ^iok wont to ranquifli God and ttt§th 
Was made tb^i^aflal of the vi^rs might i 
Then di4%itr ^loriotus florare wcx. dead and ^ant 

Defpis'd anditrodden down of all that ovet*r»tiK 


And nonfttts' Jb utbSrIy decay'd, ' 

Thaf any blidi fhem>f doth fcarce remain. 
But if fev^:phitit^ (preferv'd through heavenly aid) 
In PrinpdV court do hap to fprout again, 
Dew'd? wltli bfcr. drops df bounty foveraine. 
Which from that goodly glorious flowre proc^odt 
Spning ctf !the ancient ftock of Princes ftraio, 
No>v th'dnly remnant of that royal breeds 

Wfaefeodhik kind, at fir ft was fure of heavenly feecl* 


Tho foon as day difcoverM beaverts face 
To finfuL Qin:with darknefs over-dight. 
This gentle cfcw 'gan from their cye-Ud$ chtc9 
The drowzie' Kumour of the dampilh night. 
And did thjpmfelvea.uato their journey digbt. 
So forth they yodf , and fonmard foftly paced. 
That them to Tiew had been an uncouth fijght i 
How all th^^.way At Prince on ^Mt^paoe trac*^ 

The I^adid btthjon horft» together faft tmba^d% 

Canto VHI. THE ^AIRY QUEEN.; ipt 


!Soon as tfaey tl^eooeHiep^rced were a|bre» ' 

That fliameiFul Hag (the (laDder of her fexj 
Them followed faft, and them reviled ibre^ 
Him calling thie^ them whores $ that much did ygt 
His noble heart : thereto fhe did a^nez 
Falfe crimes and fa£ts» fuch as they^ never meanCi . 
That thofe two Ladies much afham'd did wex : 
The more did ihe purfue her lewd intent^ 

And raird and rag'd, till (he had all her poifi>n &ent# ' 


At laftt when they were pafled out of %bt. 
Yet (he did not her fpiehtful fpeech forbear^ 
But after them did bark^ and ftill back*bitet 
Though there were none her hateful words to hear: 
Like as a cur doth felly bite and ces^r 
The ftone, which paifed ftranger at him threw. 
So fhe them feeing paft the reach of ear» 
Againft the ftooes and trees did rail anew. 

Till Sue had duU'd. (h^ ftingwbich in'her tongues endgitiQ 


They pafling forth, kept on their neady : way. 
With eafie fteps fo foft as foo( could ftricle. 
Both for great feebleft, which did oft aflay 
Fair Amret^ that fcarcely Ihe could ride ; 
And eke through heavy arms, which fore annoy^cl 
The Prince on foot;, not wonted fo to fare : 
Whofe fteady hapd was fain his (bed to guide> 
And all the way from trotting hard to fpare. 

So was his toil the more, the more chat was his careJ 


At length they fpide, whqre towards them with (peed . 
A ^uire came galloping, as he would fly \ 
Bearing a little Dwarf before his fteed. 
That all the way full loud for aid did cry. 
That feem'd his fhrieks would rend the brafen iky % 
Whom after did a mighty man purfue. 
Riding upon a Dromedare on high. 
Of ftature huge, and horrible of hue. 

That would have ma^'d a man his dreadful face to vieWJ 


» •• • 

« • . « 


For from his fciRfbl cyeis two fiery beams * ; "•'^ ^ 
More (harp than points of tiecdles did prociecd, 
Sho9ting forth far away two flaming ftrcanrs,- 

:::Fttli of fad powre^ that poifnous bale did breed 
To all that on him lookt without good heed, . , 
And fecretly his enemies did flay : 
Like as the Balililk, of ferpents feed. 
From powrefuleyes clofe venom doth convey 

Into t^e lookers heart, and killeth far ai^y. - 


He all the way <fld f age at that farhc Sqisine, 
And after hio^ full many threacnings threw. 
With carfci vsrin in his avengeful ire : • ' 
Sut none of tham (fo h& aWay he flew) -^ • 
Him overcook, before he came in view. - '^ - 
"Wh^rc, when fee few the Prince in armour bright. 
He called £0>him aloud, his cafe to rew, ■ . 

And refcae him throu^ fuccour of his mighr, 

ProiQ'that by u'uelfoe, that him purfu'd in fight* 


Eftfoons the Prince tbok down thofe Ladies twaiii 
From lofty (teed, and mounttng'in their ftcad 
Came to that Squire, yet tran^bling every vein : ' 
Of whonv he "^n enquire his caufe of dread i 
Who as he *gan the fame to Kim aread, 
Lo, hard' behind his back his foe wa» preft. 
With dreadful weapon aimed at his head 2 
That unto death had doen him iinredireft. 

Had not the noble Prince his ready ilroke repreft. 


[Wfcothruflin^ boldly *twixt him and the blow. 
The bgii^en of the deadly brunt did bear - 
Upon his fhicld \ which lightly he did throw 
Over his,head, before the-harm came near; 
iiaEhHefsy. it fell with fo defpiteous drear 
And heavy i'way, that hard unto his crown' 
The Ihield it di^ve, and did the covering rear ! 

. Therewith bothSquire and Dw^rf did tumble down, 

Vd(0 "^t eaft6> aud lay long while in fenfelefa fwoun. 

C»toVlli. THE FAIrV QUEEN. u>s 

, ^ XLni:. 

Whereat, the Prince full wrath, his ftrong right hand 
In ful] avengement heaved up on high, 
And ftrook the Pagan with his ftefcjy brand 
So fore, th/it to his faddle-bow thereby 
He bowed low, and fo awhile did lye : 
And fure, had not his maQle iron mace 
Betwixt him and his hurt been happily, 

V If, would havetfefc him to the girdJng place : 

7et:a3 it was, it did aftoniffa. him long fpace. 

XLIV, . . 

But when he. to himfeff returned again, 
AH full of rage he *gan to curie and fwear $ 
And vow by Kfaboun that he fhould be flain« 
With that, his mtirdrous mace he up did rear, - 
That fecmed noujght the foufe thereof could bear,' 
Aqd therewfth fmote at him with all his might. 
But. ere that it to him approached near, * 
The royal (rhlld, with ready quick forefight. 

Bid fliuB the proof thereof, and it avoided light, 


But ere his hand he could recoure again. 
Toward his body from the baleful ftound. 
He fmote at him with all his might and maii^ 
So furioufly, that ere he wift, he found 
His head before him tumbling on the ground* 
The whiles, his babling tongue did yet blafpheme 
And curie his. God, that did him fo confound ; 
The whiles his life ran forth in bloody ftream^ 

His foul defcended down into the Siygian rea'm. 


Which when that Squire beheld, he wox full glad 
To fee his foe breathe out his fpright in vain : 
Bjit that fame Dwarf right forry feem*d and fad,] 
And howrd aloud to fee his Lord there flain. 
And rent his hair, and fcratcht his face for p^. 
Then *gan the Prince at leifure to inquire 
Of all the accident, there hapned plain, 
^nd what he was, whole eyes did flame with fire i 
which was thus to him declared by that Squirec 

^q6 the fairy QUEKN. Bm^IkI^ 

Tills nilgbty. main 4^oth he» wkfiit yoii have flaiiiB 

^6r ah huge Giantefs whylome wa^ bred ; 

And by hii ih'en^h, rule to himfelf did gain 

Of many nations ipto thraldom lod. 

And migh(v']^ingdQmsof his force, adred: 

Whom ycf he cpnq^uer'd not by Woody %hc» 

Ne hofts of men with banners brode diilpred^ 

But by the powre of his infe<fUous fi^g^tt 

With which he killed all that came within his mieht^ 

XL VIII. -T^-^^^^^ 

Ne was he ever vanquished afore. 
But .eyer vsv^quiiht ^U with whom he ifought : 
Ne ^as there man fo Jtlxobg but he down bos^ 

I Ne lypjQian yet fo fair, but he her brought 
Unto his b,ay, and c^tived her thought. 
¥'or moil of drength and beautv his defire 
Was ^il to npake, and wade them unto noughtji 
By cafting fecre( flakes of luftf^l ^re 

From his falfe eyes, into their hearts aqd parts entice* 

^ xux. ^ ^ 

Therefore Corflamh W^s he call'd aright. 

Though na'meldfs ttiere his body now doth ly^ 

Ypt hath he left oiie dai^hcer that is higbt 

The fair Padnfl ; who feems outwardly 

So fair as ever yet faw living eye ; 

. And were her yertue like her beauty bright, 

^Shc were as f^lr as any under (ky. 

But (ah ! ) fhe givfn is to vain ddight. 
And eke too loofe of life, and eke oflove too light* 

So as it fell, there was a gentle Sqtrire ' ' 

That Ibv'd a Lady of Wgh parenuge % 
But for his mean degree might not afpire 
To match fo high \ her friends with counf^l i^^ 
DUIu^ded her from fuch a difparage. 
But ihe, . whofe heart to love was wholly lent. 
Out of his hands cpuld not redeem her gage, 
Rut firmly following her firft intent, 

ReTglvM with ^im tp wend, 'gainft ^11 her friends confen^ 

Cttl6VIII*THEFA|]tYQj;EEN. i^ 


So ^twizt themielyctthey 'pointed timo i^jrid plaoes 
To which when be according did repair. 
An hard mifh^p ^d difadyencrous cafe 
Him chanc'd i ix^ftead of hjs ^myUa fair 
This Giants fon, that lies there o;i the lair 
An bcadlefi heajp> him unawares there caught i 
And all difmay d through ipercilefs defpair. 
Him wret(:hpd thrall unto his dungeon brought 

Where he mpwMt of ail ynfuccour'd and iinf9Uidit« ! 

This Giants ^iUSbMr camie upon a day 
Unto, the prifon in her mous g|oe. 
To tiew the thrals wh^ch t^ere in bondage lay : 
Amongft the reft ibe chanced there to fee 
This lovely fwaia, the Squire of Iqw degree % 
To whoni ihe did her liking lightly caft. 
And wooed him her paramour to be : 
From daj te day (he woo'd and pray'd him faft|^ 

And for his love, him promift liWty at la& 


He though afi)de UAto a former Loi^^t 
To whom his fajth he firmly meant to hold» 
Yet feeing not bow thence he mqte remove^ 
But by that means, which fortune did unfold. 
Her granted love, but with afii6tion cold^ 
To win her grace his liberty to get. 
Yet Ihe him mil detains in captive hold^ 
Fearing left .if (he ihould him freely fet. 

He would her flxonly leave, and former Love foreeu < 

LIV. ^ 

Yet fo much favour (bfi to him h^th hi^t 
Abow the reft9 that he fometimes may ipacc 
And walk about her gardens of delight. 
Having a keeper ftilt with him in place % 
Which keener is this Pwarf, her dearling baiCf 
To whom the keys of every prifon dore 
By her committed be of fpecial grace^ 
And at his will may whom he lift reftore^ 

And whom he Uftreforvc to be affii6tcdmoie« 


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i«8 T H E F A I R Y QU^ EN.* Book iVP 

Whcrdof when tiding came unto mine ear 
(Full inly forry for the fervent zeal, ' 
Which I to him as to my foul did beatjl ' * 
I thither went ; where I did long cortccal 
My felf, till that the Dwarf did me reveal,' 
And'tdid his Dame, her Squire of low'degrce 
Did fccrfetly out of her prilon (leaL^ 
Fot nie h6 did miftake that Squire to be : 

For ncreir'two fo*like Hid living cte«ilre fee. • 

Then was I taken, arid' before her brought : 

WI\o.tbrpugh'tbelikencfsof my outward hue, . 
Beiflg likewife beguH^d in her thought, ' ' 

*Gan blame niie much for being fo untrue, ,, 

To feA by flight her fellow(hip.t!cfchew, 
That lov*d me dear, as deareft thihg alive. ^ 

Thence flie commanded me to prifon hew ; 
Wiferco/l glad, did not gain-fay nbrftriye. 

But fufFred that fame Dwarf^ me to htfr dungeon driVel *'' * 

. . Lvn. 

There did I. Bad mine Drily i^aithfiil FfJehd 

In heaty plight and faa pcrplej^itv ; ' ' \ 

Whereof I forry, yet my felr did oend, 

Him to rccomfort with my company.. . 

But him 'the more agrlev'd 1 found thereby : : 

For all hisjoy, he faid, in that diftrels, * /, 

Was mint and his ^«5?//>i liberty. 

j^mylia well he loV'd, as I mcteguefs; 

Ycf greater love to me than her he did prbfefs. 

. . LVIII. . 

But I with better reafon him aviz'd. 
And ihew-d him, how thrdugh error and mif- thought 
Of our like perfons each to be difguiz'^d, 
Or bis exchange, '6r. freedom might be wrought. 
Whfcreto full loth was 'he, ne would for ought 
Confent that I, ^ho ftood all fearlefs free, * 
Should wilfully be into thraldom brought, 
Till fortuhe did perforce it fo decree ; ^ 

Yctovcr-rord, at lafl: he did tame agitc. 

^^Kfsfo yniv T H JE I? A IRX.QlJTSr^ N. . 199 


The morrow ncxt^ al?6ut the wonted liotir^ - 
The Dwarf calrd aj the door of Amyas^ 
To dome forthwith unto his Ladies bowre, 
Inftead of whom forth came \ P/acidaSj 
And undifcerned, forth with him did pafs. 
There with great joyance and with gladfome glee. 
Of fair Pcsana I received was. 
And oft imbrac'd as if that I were he, 

J^nd with kind words accoy*d, vowing great love to me« 


Which I, that was not bent to former Love, 
As was my friend that had her. long refus*d> ) 
Did well accept, as well it did behove, 
Anfl to the prcfcnt need it wifely us*d. 
My former hardnefs firft, I fair excus'd ; 
And after promift large amends to make. 
With fuch fmooth terms, her error I abus*d. 
To my friends good, more than for mine own fake, 

Forwhofefole liberty, I Love and life did (take. 


Thcnce-forth, I found more favour at her hand ; 
That to her Dwarf, which had me in his charge. 
She bade to lighten my too heavy band, 
And grant more fcope to me to walk at large. 
So on a day, as by the flowry marge 
Of a frelh ftream I with that Elf did play. 
Finding no means how I might us enlarge. 
But if that Dwarf I could with me convey, 

I lightly fnatcht him up, and with me bore away. 


Thereat he.lhriekt aloud, that with his cry . ^ 

The tyrant felf came forth with yelling bray. 
And me purfu*d j but nathcmore would 1 
Forgo the purchafe of my gotten prey. 
But have perforce him hither brought away. 
Thus as tl^ talked, lo ! where nigh at hand 
Thofe Ladies two (yet doubtful through difmay,' 
In prefcnce came, defirous t*underftand 

Ti(]jf)gs of all which there had hapned on the land. ^ 

tta THE FAIRY QJJ^feN. Book 


^Vhere foon as fad JRmylia did ttj^y 

Her capciTe Lovers friend^ young TUcidasi 

All mindlefs of her Wonted modefty, 

She to him ran, and him with ftraighc embrace 

Enfolding faid^ And lives yet jimyas f 

He lives, quoth he, and his Mmylia loves. 

Then lefs, faid (he, by all the woe I pafs. 

With which my weaker patience fortune provea. 

But what milhap thus long him from thy felfitmovesf 

Then 'gan he all this ftory to r^ne^. 
And tell the coi:rre of his captivity) 
That her dear heart full deeply made to rue^ 
And figh full fore, to hear the mifery. 
In which {k^ long he mercilefs did lye. 
Then after many tears and forrows fpent. 
She dear befought the Prince of remedy : 
' Who thereto did with ready will confent. 
And well performed, as Ihall appear by'this event. 


Kf Sqtdn of low degree releq/i^ 

Pceana takes to wife : 
Britomart/^i&/j with matrf KnigbtSy 

Prince Arthur ftints their ftrtfe. 


Hard is the doubt, and difficult to deem^ 
When all three kinds of Love together meet. 
And do difpart the heart with powre extream. 
Whether fhall weigh the balance down ; to weet 
The dear affection unto kindred fweet. 
Or raging fire of Love to womankind. 
Or zeal of friends combined with vertues meet* 
But of them all, the band of vertuous mind 
Mc fcems the gentle heart Ihould moft afiured bind« 


_ • • • 

For natural afivAton fooii doth ceafc. 

And quenched is with Cupids greater flame : 
But faithful firiendlbip doth them both fuppref^^ 
And them with matftring dtfcrpline doth tame. 
Through thoughts afpring to eternal fame. 
For as the foiH doth rule the earthly mafs. 
And all the fervice of the body frame ; 
So love of foul doth love of body pals. 

No leis than perfeft gold furmounts the meaneft brafs/ 


All which who lift by trial to aflay. 
Shall in this ftory find approved plain ; 
In which this Squires true friendmip more did fway. 
Than either care of parents could refrain. 
Or love of faireft Lady could conftrain. 
For though PcfOfta were as fair as mom. 
Yet did this trufty Squire with proud dtfdain. 
For his friends fake her offred favours fcorn. 

And (he her felf her fire, of whom fixe was ybom^ 


Now after that Prince Arthur granted had. 
To yield ftrong fuccour to that gentle Iwain, 
Who now long time had lyen in prifon fad. 
He *gan advife how beft he mote darrain 
That enterprize for greateft glories gain. 
That hcadlefs tyrants trunk he rear'd from ground. 
And having ympt the head to it again. 
Upon his ufual beaft it firmly bound. 

And made it fo to ride, as it alive was found. 


Then did he take that chaced Squire, and l^id 
Before the rider, as he capdve were. 
And made his Dwarf (though with unwilling aid) 
To guide the beaft, that did bis maifter bear. 
Till to his caftle they approched near. 
Whom when the watch that kept continual ward 
Saw coming home \ all void of doubtful fear, 
He running down, the gate to him unbar'd ; 

Whom ftraight the Prince enfuing, in together far'd. * 

iia T H E F A IR Y QJlJ.Eg JT. .^dqk VTi 

There he did find in her delicious 'bowre^ 
The fair Paana playing on a Rpteji 
Complaining of her cruel paramour^ 
And tinging all her forrow to the noce^ 
As flie had learned readily by rote i 
That with the fweetneis of her rare delighc^ 
The Prince half rapt began on her to dote : 
Till better him bethinking of the right. 
He her unwares attacht, and captive held by mights 

Whence being forth produced, when (he pcrcciv'd 
Her own dear Sire, ihe call'd to him for aid. 
But when of him no anfwcr (he received, 
But faw him fenfelefs by the Squire upftaid. 
She weened well, that then Ihe was betrayed : 
Then 'gan ihe loudly cry, and weep, and wail. 
And that jfame Squire of treafon to upbraid. 
But all in vain, her plaints might not prevail, 
Ne none there was to refcue her, ne none to bail. . 

Then took he that fame Dwarf; and him comp^l'd 
To open linto him the prifon dorc, 
And forth to bring thofe thrals which there he held. 
Thence forth were brought to hioi about a fcore • 
Of Knights and Squires to him unknown afore : 
All which he did from bitter bondage free. 
And unto former liberty rcftore, 
Amongft the reft, that Squire of low degree 
Came forth full weak and wan, not like himfelf to be, 

Whom foon as fair JEnr/lia beheld,- . • ' 
And Placidas^ they both unto him ran, 
And him embracing fall betwixt them held. 
Striving to comfort him all that they can, 
And kifling oft hi$ vifage pale and wan \ 
That fair Pcsana them beholding both, 
'Gan both envy, and bitterly to ban ; 
Through jealous paflion weeping inly wroth. 
To fee the fight perforce, that both her eyes were lot)), 

,e*»cpIX. THE FAIRY QUEEl^, »$ 

But when liwhHe tbe^r had together been. 
And di verily eonferred of dbcir C9k i 
She though fuli oft /he both of them had iem 
Afonder yet not ever in one place^ 
Bfgm to doubt, when the than £rv tmhrace» 
Which was the captive Squire (be Idv'd fo dear^ 
Deceived through great likeneit of their &ce ; 
For they fo like in perfon did appear. 

That Ihe uoeath difcerned, whether whether were* 


And eke the Prince, whenas he them avi2*d. 
Their like refcmblance much admired therct 
And 'noaz'd bow nature had fo well difgutz'd 
}px work, and couhterieit her felf fo near. 
As if that by one pattern feen fomewhcre. 
She ha^ them made a paragooe to be ; 
Or whether it through ikill, or errour #ere. 
Thus gazing long, at them much wondred he. 

So did the other Knights and Squires, which him did fee. 


Then *gan they rahfack that fame caftle ftrong. 
In which he found great ftore of hoarded treafure i 
The which that tyrant gatherM had by wron^ 
And tortious powre, without refpedt or mealure. 
Upon all which the Briton Prince made feifure. 
And afterwards continued there awhile» 
To reft himfelf, and folace in foft pleafure 
Thofe weaker Ladies after weary toil i 

To whom he did divide part of his purchaft fpoil. 


And for more joy, that captive Lady hit 
The fair Pitana he enlarged free ; 
And by the reft did let in fumptuous chair. 
To feaft and frolick ; nathemore w^uld ihe 
Shew gladfome coui^tenance nor pleafant glee : 
But grieved was for lofs both of net fire. 
And eke of Lordlhip . with hnth land and iee: 
But moft Ihe tywhed'^mst witb^^gnef endrt; ' 

For lofs of hcjrncw Love, the liopcr^f^ her 4tfil% 
Vol. 1L H 

f24 . THE fAIRY QLUEEN. ^o(&Il;r« 


But her the Princci throtigh hii well wonted grace, 
To better temoB of tmldheCi did enirftat, 
From that foul rudenefs, which did her deface v 
And that fame bitter corfive, which did eat 
Herxendfer heart, and made refrain from Ineat, 
Hie:with good thews and fpeecbes well appiide^ 
Did molliiiey and cairn her rageing heat. • 
For though Ac were moft fair, and goodly didc^ 

Yet Ac it uli did mar with cruoky and pride. 


And for to fhut up all in friendly love, * 

Sith k>ve was firft the ground of all her grief. 
Thai trufty Squire he wifely well did mov6* * 
Not to defpife that Dame> which lov*d liim lief^ • 
Till he had made of her fome better prief, 
But to accept her to his wedded wife. 
Thereta he.offircd for. to mal^ him chief 
or all her land and Lordlhip during life : 
. l)e yielded, and her took ; fo ilinted all theif (tri/e« 


From that day forthi in peace and ^yous blifs, 
• They livM together long without debate : 
Ne private jar, nefpite of enemies 
Could fhake the fafe afilirance of their ftate. 
And fhe whom nature did fo fair create 
That (he mote match the faireft of her days, 
Yet with lewd Lores and luft iifitemperate 
Had it detac*d, thenceforth reformed her ways, j 

That al]: then muph. admir*^ her change, and fpake her 1 

XWI. [praife. 

Thus when the Prinde had perife^Iy compiled 
Thefe pairs of friends in peace and fettled reft; 
Himfelf,' ivhaofe mind did travel as with child 
Of his old Love, conceived, in fecr-et breaft, j 

Refolved to puf fue his former gueft ; 
And taking kaVe ef all, with him did bear 
V^t Jlmanty whom Fortune by-bequeft 
Had teft in. his grote&ion whifear, 

£xQkiaef»d«ico£ pne into acioiher fear. 


Fear of her faFety md her not conHrain, 
For well flie wift now in a mighty hond, 
Herpetfon late in peril, did remain,' 
Who able was alf dangers to withftotid. 
But' now in fear of (hamc fhe more did ftond. 
Seeing her felf all folely fuccourleft^ 
Left ih the viftors powre, like vaffal bond ; - 
Whofe will her weaknefs could no way reprcfs^ 

In •6arfe his burning ^uft fhould break into o^ccefs. < - 

Bat caufe of fear (lire had flie none at all 
Of him^" who goodly learned had of yore 
The corirfe of lobft affeftion to foreftill. 
And lawlefs loft bey rule with rcafons lore j 
That all* the whlle-;he by his fide her bore. 
She was' as fafe as ifi a fanftuary. ' 

Thus inany miles they two together wore. 
To feek their Loves difperfcd diverfly. 

Yet neither Ihew*d to* other their hearts privity. • ' ' ^ 

At length they came, whereas a troop of Knights 
They faw together flcirmifliing, as feem'd : 
Six they.wt^re all, all full of fell defpight; 
But four of them the battle beft befeem'd. 
That which of them was befl mote not be deemed. 
Thofe four were cbey* from whonj falfe Flmmell * 
By Braggadocbh lately was rcdeemM ; 
To weet, ftern Druon^ and lewd Clarihell^ 

TuovcA^yitli ^lam^imour, znd lu&ful'Paridell. • • 


Drucns delight was all in fingle life, * - 

And urito Ladies love would lend no lellure : 
The more was Chrihell enraged rife 
With ferveAr flames, and loved out of meafure: 
So eke IdvM.B&/wbf»(7ar, but yet at pleafure 
Would chiange his liking, and new Lemans ^xw%^'' 
But Paridell of love did make nci treafufo^ 
But lulled after all: that him did mov(^. 

So divcrffy-thcfc four difpofed were tO'hjVc^ ■ 





But thofe two other, which befide them ftood,' ' £ 

Were Britomartt and gentle SevdamouTj 
Who all the while beheld their wrathful mood* 
And wondred ai their implsurable ftourc, 
Whole like they never faw till that lame hourSf 
So dreadful ftrokes each did at other drive,' 
And laid on- load with all their might and powre^ 
As if that every dint the ghoft would rive 

Out o^ their wretched corfes, and their lives dt^prtrc^ ' 
' ^' XXIIL 

As when Ban jEcks in great difpleafare^ 
For lofs of his dear Love hyNeptime hent. 
Sends forth the winds out of his hiddeiv treafure. 
Upon the fea to wreak bis fell intent i 
They breaking forth with rude unruUment^ 
From all four parts of heaven do rage full ibre. 
And tofs the deeps, and tear the firmament, 
And all the world confound with wide uprpre^ 

As if inftead thereof, they Chaos would reftore. 


Caufeof their difcord, and fa fell debate. 
Was for the love of that fame Aiowy maid. 
Whom they hid loft in turneyment of late ; 
And feeking long to weet which way (he ftraid. 
Met here together : where through lewd upbraid 
* Of y^i and DueJTa they fell out } 
And each one taking part in others aid. 
This cruel confii^k raifed thereabout, 

Whofe dangerous fuccefs depended yet in doubt. 

XXV/* " 

For fometimes Pariddl and Blandamcur 
The better had, and beat the others back ^ 
Eftfoons the others did the field recour. 
And on their foes did work full cruel wrack ; 
Yet neither would their fiend-^like fury flack, 

^ut evermore their malice did augment ; 
Till that uneath they forced wene for jack 
Of breath, their rageing rigour to relent. 

And reft thanlelves« tor to recover fpiritS' fpcot. 


% • 

Canto IX. THE FAIRY Q.UEEN. iijf 

There 'gan they change their fides, and new parts take i" 
For Paridell did t^e to Druons fide. 
For old defpight, which now forth newly hral;e : 
'Gainft BlanJamour^ whom always heenvidc : . 
And BUmdanwtr to Claribell relide. r 

So alt afrcih 'Ran former fight renew : . 
As when two oarks, this carried with the tide. 
That with the wind, contrary CQurfes *fue, ^ , 

If wind and tide do change, their courles change anew: 

Thenceforth, they much more furioufly 'gan fait, . " 
As if but then the battle had begun i 
Ne helmets bright, ne hawberks ftrong did Ipare,.. 
That through the cKfcs the vermeil blood out. j!pu|i» 
And all adown their riven fides did run^ 
Such mortal malice^ wonder was to fee 
In friends profeA; and fo great outrage done : 
But footh IS faid^ and tride In each degrj^ 

Faint friends when they fall out moft cruel foemen bet 

., , XXVIII 

Thus they long while continued in fight, 
Till Scudamwr^ and that fame Briton maid^ 
By fortune in that place did^ chance to light : 
Whom foon as they with wrathful eye bewraid. 
They 'gan remember of the foul upbraid. 
The which that Britonefs had to them done. 
In that late turney for the fnowy maid ; 
Where fhe had them both fhamefuUy fordone, ' ^ 

AoSBl eks die famous prize of beauty m>m them won. 

Efdbons all burning with a frefii defire 
Of fell revengCf in their malicious mood, , 

They from themfelvcs 'gan turn their furious i|^, ' 
And cruel blades yet (leaming with hot blood, 
Aftainft thofe two jet drive, at they werp wood :/ "^ 
"Who wondring much at that fo fudden fit. 
Yet nought dilmaid, them ftoutly well withftpod | 
Ne yielded foot, ne once aback (fid fli^ ^ ^ . . 

But bdng doubly fmitten, likewifc doubly finit. ' 

H 3 

T 3 B :F Al R y QJJ E EN. Book IV^ 


Thp* warlike Dame was on her part aflaid • 
* Df ClarihH and Blanddmour attone 5 
Ancl Paridill and Druon fiercely lai^ 
At Scudamour^ both his profefied fonc. 
Four charged two, and two furchargcd one : . . 
Yet did thoft; two themfclves fo bravely bear, 
Tha; th'otber little gained by the lonc> 
But with their own repayed daely were, ,. 

And ufury withall: fuch gain was gotten dean 

^ • XXXI. 

Full ofteotiipc* did Britomarf aflTay... 
To'fpeak to thpm, and Ibme emparlance move \, 
But they for nought their cruel hands would ftay, 
19'e lend an ear to ought that might behove. 
*A"s-when an eager maftifF once doth prove. 
The taftc of blood of fome engored beaft, . . 
No wftrds may rate, nor rigour him remove 
From' greedy hold of that fus biobdy feaft : 

So little did tfcev heairken to her fweet beheaft^ 


Whom when the ^ritoh Prince afar beheld - . 
With 06^ of fo ynequal match oppreft. 
His mighty heart with indignation fivcUd, 
And. inward grudge fill*d his beroick bread : ' . • 
Eftfoons himjelf ne to their aid addreft ; 
And thtufting^ fierce inta the thickeft preace^ 
Divided them,; however loth to reft. 
And would them fain from battle to furceafe, 

Witjhgpntle wprd^ perigading theoi to friendly peve* 

But they h far frgm peace or patience were. 
That all aaoncq at him *gan fiercely fly, r^ 
Ao4.1*y.0.n load, as ^hcyhijn down wopld^Mr ; - 
JLiketo a ^prm, which hovers under flcy ' '• 
Lopg bere'and tJ)W» and round about doth ftie, 
Atlength bre^l^s down in rain, and hail, and fleets 
ifirft. frpm one .pQ^ftj till nought thereof bq'drjj j ' 
And then anptfieri.* till ^hat Iik^ewjfe flept -, 

And fo ffotn fjiiaXQ. fi^ till all th^! yprld it weqt, ' 


But now their farces greatly were t^eca^'d^ 
The Prince yet being frefh uncoucht aford^ • • 
Who them wif h fpeechcs milji 'gao firft difluadf 
From fuch foul outrage,, and theiti long forbore i 
Till feeing them through fuffi-ano; heartoed iqorc^^. 
Himfelf he bent their furies to abate : 
And laid at them (b fharply and fo fore; 
That fhortly them compelled to retrate. 

And being brought in danger, to relfnt too late. 


But now his coutstge being throughly firM, i 

He meant to make them know theijr follies prifer 
Had not thofe two him iniCtandy defir'd 
T* afluap^e his wrath, and pardon their me(prife« «. 
At whole requeft he 'gan himfelf advife 
To ftay his hand, and of a truce to treat 
In milder terms, a« lift them to devife : 
'Mongft which, the caufe of their fo cruel heat , 

He did dieoi alk : who all that pafled 'gjan repeat & 


And told at large» how that fame errant Knight, '^ 
To weet, fair Britomarly them late had foil'd 
In open turney, and by wrongful fight. 
Both of their pubiick praife had them defpoil'd. 
And alfo of their private Loves beguiFd -, . '. 
Of two, full hard to read the harder thefts 
But fhe that wrongful challenge foon alToird^ 
And ihewM that (he had not that Lady reft 

< As they fuppos'dj but her had to her liktog left, : 


To whom, the Prince thus goodly well rtplide ; 
Certes, Sir Knight, ye feemen intich to blame^ 
To rip up wrong, that battle once bath tride % 
Wherein the honour both of ar ms jt(: fliafiit^ 
And eke the love of Ladies foul de&me } 
To whom the world thi^ franchife ever yielded». 
That of their Loves choice they might freedom claim. 
And in th^t/ight, (hould l?y all.KnigbtSrbei Ihield^ : 

^6ainft which me f(;eins thi3:WW ve ifrroiigfully biK^ 

' H 4 ' [wicldcilii 

ti6 rHEEAIHYOJTEEN. iooknr; 


And yet, quoih flte, t greater wrong remsltns : 
For I thereby my former Love have loft ; 
Whom (eeking ever fince with endlefs pain? p 
Hath me much forrow and much travel coft • 
Ay me ! to fee riiat gentle maid fo toft. 
But Scudamot&' then fighing deep, thus faid ; 
' Certes her lof% ought me to forrow moft, 
Whofe right Ihe is, wherever (he be ftraid. 

Through nhany perils won, and many fortunes wsdd. 

For from the firft that I her love pr<^efl:, 
Uoto this hour, this prefent lucklels hour, 
I never joyed bappinefs nor reft ; 
But thus turmoird from one to other ftour, 
1 wafte my life, and do my days devour 
In wretched anguifh, and inceflant woe, 
PaiCng the meafure of my feeble powre. 
That living thus, a wretch, and loving fo, 

I neither can my Love, ne yet my life forgo. 


Then good Sir Chtthell him thus befpake $ 
Now were it not Sir Scudanuntr to you 
Diflikeful pain, fo fad a ta(k to take. 
Mote we entreat you, fith this gentle crew 
Is now fO' well accorded all anew ; 
That as we ride together on our way. 
Ye will recount to us in order due 
All that adventure, which ye did aflay 

For that fair Ladies love : paft perils well apay. 


So 'gan the reft^ him likewife to require ; 
^utBfitem^t ditf him impottune hard. 
To cake on^ htm rtiat pain : whofe great defira 
He glad to fadifie, himfelf prepared 
To tell thrOu^ what misfortune he had far'd, 
\n that atchievement, as to him befell : 

t And all thofe dangers unto them declarM : - 

* -Which fith they cannot in this canto well 

(D)tnj>&^ be» I wiU shim m another ^ ^ 

4Um7i, THE FAIRY QUE EN. 121 

i*mmm»mimmmmmmmm mi i*i ■ — w^— ^iiii^MM>fc— ■■>< 

C A N T O X. 

Scudamour Joib Us conqueft ttU 

Of viriuous Amorec : 
Great Venus ten^ is iefcriVi^ 

Aid kvers Ufe forth fit. 


True he it faid, whatever man it laid. 
That Love with gall and hony doth s^xnutd : 
But if the one be^ch the other weigh'd. 
For every dram of hony therein found* 
A pound of gatl doth over it redound. 
That I (00 true by trial have approved : 
For fince the day that firft with deadly wound 
My heart was launc*d> sind learned to have lot^d, . 
I never joyed hour, but (till with care was movM. 

w. .. 

And yet iuch grace is given them from above. 
That all the cares ara evil which they meet. 
May nought at all their fettled minds remove. 
But feem^gainft common fcnfe to them moft fweeci 
As boafting in their martyrdom unmeet. 
So all chat ever yet I have endur'd, 
I count as noi^ht, and tread down under feet^ 
Stth of my Love at length I reft afibr'd, 

That to dUbyolty ifac will not be allur'd. 


LiOnfi; were to tell the travel and lon^ toil. 

Through which this ihield of love I late have won. 
And purcbafed this peerlefs beauties fpoil. 
That harder may be ended, than begun. 
But^nce ye lb dffire, yoor witi be oone. 
Then beark, ye gentle Knights and Ladies free, * 
My hard mifhaps^ that ye may learn to ihun \ . 
For though fweet love to conquer glorious be, 

y<t is the pain thereof much greater th^ the ice. 


Alt 'THE FAi'Rry <>««;;£ N. BookX^ 

yrMt time the fame.ofthij, renowned .... 

Flew firft abroad, and all mens ears pofleft, 
I having arms then taken, 'gan aWfe 
To win me honour by fome noble geft. 
And purchafe me^ibme. place anaongftthebeft. 
I boldly thought (fo young mens. thoughts are bold) 
That this fame brave emprize for me £d rpft. 
And that both fhiejid^ and (he whom I behold^ 
Might be my lucky lot: fifh all by lot we hold« 


So on that hard adro^ture fcxrthJ mren^; . ^r \ 

And to the place of jperil^ihortlyxamc ; i. 

That was a temple ^r .and'adcient. 
Which of great, mother P^em: bar^ the name» 
And far renowned through exceeding i^me ; 
Much more than that which >ya$ in Fapbos buift. 
Or that in iQr^braj'(botli, .Ipng.fince this fame,) 
Though all the pHlbursr of the one were gilt. 

And all the others pavement were with ivory fpilt*. 

And it was.feaced in^^n ifland flnong,. 
Abounding all with.delices mbflrare. 
And wali'dby n&tuKe.fgainf|: invaders wrongs 
^ That noiie motf l^avi^ accefs^ nor ipwiard faxe» 
^ But by one/waj^ that pail^e did prepare. 
It was a bridge ybuidt In goodly wiie. 
With curious corbs, and pondants graven fair, 
And*(arched alf with porMCs) cjidirif? 
On ftatejy pillours fram'd after rXi^^orick gpife^ 

fitiA for defence thcreoff on tl^'othcr end . . 

There reared vM a caftl^/air and ftr9fi;g^ . 
*That warded all .wKich in or out did wend. 
And flanked botk^thfi^biidgcis^cs along, ^ • : 
'Gainft all thatwou^^atlaj^^ bi^ Ssfrc^pr wr^ng*. v« 
And therein. Mr«ancci7wcnt^ valiant Anighjs ; ..\^ 
Air twenty, trlde in ,wars experience fprjg. ; , 
Whote of&cp wu> ^^ipft all n^anrier wights$ 

By all means' to. maintain that'cafUes an^i^nt rights^ ;^ j- 

Ca«to3Cr TH^FAIRY QUEEN, . Ui 


Before that caftk was zn open pkinv. - 
And in the 'midft jhcreof a pilbur iplac'd ; 
On which this Ihieid, of many fought in vaiiii 
The Ihield of Lpve^ whofc guerdon mie b^th gncM^ 
"Was hang'd on hig;h, with goWcn ribbands lac'd y - 
And in the marble ftone was written this. 
With golden letters goodly well enchac*d, 
Bkjfed the man thaf well can uft this hiifs : 

Whole ever he thejhield^ fair Amtatet hi his. , -^ 


Which when I rcad> my heart did inly yearn, . 
And pant with hope of that adventures hap : 
Ne ftayed further oews thereof to learn. 
But with my fpear upon the JQiield did j^ap. 
That all the caftk ringed with the clap. 
Straight forth illa'd a Knight s^Il arm'd to prooi^ r 
And bravely tnounted to his moft mishap : 
Who ftaying nbt^ht to queftion from aloof. 

Ran fierce at me, that fire glaunft from hi$ hoiies hoof 

Whom boldly I encountrcd (as I could^ , ^ 

And by good fortune fhortly hkn unfeated. 
Eftfoons out fprun^ two more of equal mouldy 
But I them both with equal hap defeated : 
So all the twenty 1 likewife entreated - . 

And left them groaning there upoq the plain. ' * ; 
Then the pillour Jt repeated' , . ./ 

The read thereof for guerdon* oF my pai^^ 

And taking down the (hield, witih me did 'it retaiiu r 
■ ^ • XL 

So forth without Htipediment I .paft> 
T\\\ to the bridges' outer gate I came : 
The which I found. fure lockt and chained fall* 
I knockr/buc no man anfwer'd nie by name ^ 
I call'd, but n<> man anfwer*d. to my clgim« . . 
Yet I pcHever'd i^ili to knock and' call y , ^ 

Till at thela(ljfpi(l« \yithin the f^me^* . 
Where One Ilood* peeping through a crevis fmallj. • 

T« whom I c^ll.cj, iloud,. haif angry thercwithalj. 

•*• tf •», 

T« E F A 1 R Y QXJ E fi N. Bpok tV. 

That was to iirect, the Porter of the place. 

Unto whbfe truft the charge thereof was lent 5 . 
, His tiatne was DoiSi^ that had a double face, 
< Th'one forward looking, th*other backward bent. . 

Therein rei^mbling Janus ancient, 

Which had in charge the ingate of the year : 

And evermore his eyes about him went. 

As if fomc proved peril he did fear, 
Or did mifdoubt fome ill, whofe caufcilid not appear. 

On th* one 'fide he, on th' other fate Delaj^^ ^ 

Behind *the gate, that none her might eipy ; 

Whofe manner was all paflengers to Hay, 

And entertain with her occaflons fly % 

Thcough which fome loft great hope unheedily. 

Which never they recover might i^ain ; 

And others quite excluded forth, did lye 
^ Lqng languiihing there in unpitied pain. 
And fecking often entrance, afterwards in vain. 

Me whenas Jie had priviiy efpide, 

Bearing the (hield which I had conquered late. 
He Rertd it ftraight, an4 to me openM wide, , 
So in I paft, and ftfaight he clos'd the |;ate. * 
But being in, l)iiay in clofe await ' 
Caught hokl on me, and thought my fteps to Ray, 
Feigning full many H^fond e^cufe to prate, 
And time to ftseal the tteafufe of mans day ^ 

Whofr finalleft minute loft, no riches* render may. 

But by no means m/ way 1 would forflow. 
For opght that eve? ttie tould do or fay.; 
But frdni my lofty fteed difmounting low, 
Paft forth on foot, bbholding all tKe way 
The goodly woiic^, and ftopes of rich aflky, 
Caft into furtdry StAp^ by wondit^Uf (kill, ... * 
(Th;it likc.ort earth no whert J fetkon nfiay) 
Arid \3pderneatlri ihe river Tolling ftilV';' 1 ' . - 

With mUf mulr feft, tlial Settled CO ftrvi th< ^brKtaanswiB,*^ 

*■» * . 

4 f t ' 

it * > < ' 

• V 

.CmMcX. ...the JArHXQJTEEN. ^^25 

Thence, forth I pa0ed to the fedohd gate, 
T^ Gdte cf. g^od ileftrt^ wbdb goodly pride 
And coftiy fraiiie, were long here to relace^i 
The fame to all ftood always open .wkb : . 
But in the porch did ejirennore abide 
An bijieoi^ Quints dreadftdi to heboid, 
Tha^ f^o(^ the cntranoe with his fpadous ftride, ' ^' 
And with the terrour of his countenance bold' ^ 
FiUl'ntmr did affirtyt that elfe fain enter would^ 

His name was:i>^^, dreaded oiet ail. 

Who daj Md night ^d watch and duly ward, - 
From (f ar641 j(owards, « entrance* to ibreftall. 
And mnt'hcafC fools, whom fhew of peril hard 
Could terri^e from Fortunes fair award : 
For oftentimes, faint hearts, at firfl efpial • :>' • 

8f his grim face, were fron\ approaching fcar*d ^ 
nwortby they of grace, whom one denial ' 
Excludes .from fdircit hope, withouten further tri^U- ^ 


Yet mfny ^w^^bty Wi^rriours, often tride 
In greater perils Xfy be Aouc and hold, 
Durft not the fternnefa of his look abide; 
But fo9n as they his count'nance did behold, 
Began to faint, and feel their courage cold. 
Again, fome other» that in hard ai&ys 
\vere cowards known, and little count did hdl4, 
Either through gifts, or guile, or fuch like warys. 

Crept in by ftoopiog low: or dealing of the kays. 


But I though n;ieaneft man of many mo'ee. 
Yet much difdeigning unto him to lout. 
Or creep between his 1^, fo in to go, 
Relblv'd him to aflault with manhood flout. 
And either beat him in, or call him out. 
Ettfoons advancing that enchanted (hiieldy 
With all my might I 'gan to lay about : . . ^ 
Which when he faw, the glave which he did wiel 

He 'gan forthwith t'avalc; and way unM .me yield. - , 

tatf .. : THE JFA HIT QDJEl I N. Bbokil^. 

'\ > <• 

So as I entred^ t didjbackward look»: I '* 
For feai: of harait that mighc lie-bidch^n thW^i ^ 
And lo» his hind-parts (whereof heed J tobk) ' ; 
Much more deformed feacrfoU ug'ty wei-t,- 
Than all his former pares did ear(b appt^r. • - 
For hatred/ murthcr,/trca(bn, and<fefpighfet ' .:i 
With rtiany mort^ lay in ambulhftii^tt6efc^-'- * 
Awaiting to entrap the warele&wightJ' * -'' ^"^^ 

Which did not them:pt0(renc:witb^Arl^ta8t^<Xl^»(^^ 


Thus having piift^iperill, ItwasrcOmc?' ' ^^-^f!,;^- 
Witjiin the icompafs of chat ifland^ff^ j'^ ^^ •'' 
The which did ieem umo my fimple'dooitij ' '^ 
Tb^only pdeafanc inddeWghtful pte^^' -• i> Z^*- 
That ever tnodeniwas of footings ti^^ce* . ' •' ^ 
For all that nature by hw fho«b* inrte.i:^ - * "^ -' 
^<^0)d'frame in earthy and form of fubftance haXk^ 
Was there ;.* and ail that rtacure did'oriiitv » '•■ - 

Art.fpUying iecc^id natures part) fupplyed it. 


No tree, thatis of count, in greeA*^0c4 gFOijFj, * "- - 
From lowed Jumper ta Cedar tall $ 
No flowre in fields that dainty odour throws. 
And decks his branch with blolTonis over dll. 
But there was planted or grew nAuraU':- 
Nor ienfe of man fo coy and curious nice, • 
Bvft there mote find to pleafe it felf withal] ; 
^Qr heart could wifh for any queint device. 

But there it prefent was and did h-aillcnfe entice. 


In fuch luxurious plenty^ of all pleafute, - 
It fecm'd a iecond paradife I guefs. 
So laviQily enricht with natures treafbre» 
That if the happy fouls, which do poflefs 
Th* Elyfian fields, and live in lafting blefs,i 
Should happen this with living eye to fee. 
They foon would loath their lefler happlrtcfs, - 
;A:Dd''Wyh to life return'd again to be^ ' 

Thw in this joyous place they mote have joy ancfc free* 


Fre(h fliadows, fit to fhroud fram' iutiiiy ray ; ' \ 
Fair lawns, to tahe the fun m feafon due i • 
Svrcec fprings, in which a thoufand Nymphs did play ^ 
Soft rumbling brooks,, that gentk flumber drew;^ 
High reared mounts, the lands about to view ; - - 
Low looking dales, difloignM from com moq gaze ; 
Del^htful bowrs, to folace lovers true ; • ' ' , 
Falfe labyrinths, fond runners eyes to daze v ' ' 

AU which by nature made^ did nature felf amaa^^i 


And all without Were walks and alleys dijght, * ' \ ^ 
with diverfe trees, enrangM in even ranks j • • 
And here, and there* were plealaht arf>ours prght^ 
And ihady fe^^, and furidry fiowring banks, ' 
To fit and reft the walkers Weary flianks : / \ 
Aiid therein thoufand pairs of Lovers walkt^ ' \\ 
Fraiiing their. Goidy and yrcldimg him great thanl^s, 
Ne ever ought but of their true Loves talkt, 

Ne ever is/s rebuke or bkme vf any balkt. * - 


All thefe together by themfclvcs (fid fport 
Their fpotlefs pkafures, and fweet loves content^ 
But far away from thefe ajiother fort 
Of lovers linked in truie hearts confent : . ' 
Which loved hot as thefe, for like intent. 
Bat on chafte yertue grounded their defire, * / 
Far from all fraud, or feigned blandi(hmenC ; 
Which in their fpirits kindiing zealous fire. 

Brave thoughts and Roble deeds did evermore afpSrei; 


» • • • 

Such were great Herculesy and Hylas dear \ ' , - 
True ypnasban^ and David trufty tride •, 
Stout Tbe/euSy and Piritboks his fear j ' .; 

Pylades^ and Or^ts by his fide ; - ^ 

Mild TituSy and Gefippus without pride : * ' 

Hamm^ zxAPytbias^ whom death could not feVcr: 
All thefe, and all that ever had been ty*d f '• .; 
In bands of friendfhip, there did live for cvef t • , 

Whole lives, although d^eay'd, y« loves decayed fltrerj 

z^Z . T H B F A I It r tJU E EN- «*»k IV. 


Which whenas U that ^cver tafted Wifs, I 

Nor happy hour^ beheld with gasefiall eyc^ 
1 thought there was none other heaven than thi^i 
And 'gan there endiefs happinefs envy. 
That being free from fear and jealouue^ 
Might frankly there their loves dcfire pcfleft, 
"Whilft i, through pains and perlous jeopardy^ 
Was fjdrc'd to feck njy lif^s dear patronefs : [ftpefs. 

Much dearer be the things, which coaiQ.through bard fUr 


Yet all thofe fights, >nd all that elfe I<aw, 
Might, not my fteps withhold, but that forthrigbc 
Unto that purpos'd place I did. mis draw. 
Whereas my Love was lodged day and night : 
The templq of great Venus^ that is hight 
The Queen of beauty, und of Lqvc the iQ0Cher» 
There worlhipped of every liyiijg wight i 
* Whofe goodly worko^anihip far pjift all otl)er 

That ever were on earth, all wei^ they fet tpgetbcr. 


f<Tot that fame famous temple of* Dklm^ ' 
Whole height all Ephefus did over-* fee, 
And which all 4fi^ fought with vows profane, 
One of the worlds feven wonder$ faid to be, : * 
Might match with this by many a degree : 
Nor that, which that wife King of Je^xnry framed. 
With endiefs coft, to be th* Almighty's fee : 
Nor all that elfe through all the world is nam*d 

To all the Heathen Gods, might like Co this be claimed. 


I much admiring thgt fo goodly fraiile, - -. 
Unto the porch approacht, which open fiood; 
But therein fate ap amiable Dame, 
That feem'd to be of very fober mood. 
And in her femblant fbew'd great womanhood, 
.Strange was her tire ; for on her head a crpwn 
3he wore, much like.unto a Z>tfi^ hood, . . 
Poudred with pea^l aad ftpne \ and all her gown ' 

^Xawoveo was with gold, that rau^t full low adowiu 



On either fide of her, two young men fiood» 
Both ftrongly arm'd, as fearing one another ; 
Yet were tbey brethren both of half the blood,. 
B^octen by two fathers of one mother. 
Though ot contrary natures each to other : 
The one of them hight Lpve^ the other Hafe, 
Hate was the elder. Love the younger brother ; I 
Yet was the younger ftronger in his date 

Than th* elder, and him maiftred dill in all debate. 


Nath'lefs, that Dame fo well them tempred both. 
That fte them forced hand to join in hand, 
Albe that Hsired was thereto full loth. 
And turned his face away, as he did ftand, 
Unwilling to beh<)ld that lovely band. 
Yet (he was of fuch grace and vertuous might. 
That her commandment he could not witbftand. 
But bit his lip for felonous defpight. 

And gnaibt bis iron tuiks at that difpleafing fight* 


CmiMrd fhe deeped was in common read, . . 

Mother of blefled Peace^ and Friendftnp true ; 
They both her twins, both born of heavenly feed, 
And fhe herfelf likewife divinely grew ; 
The which right well her works divine did fhew ; 
For ftrengtb, and wealth, and happinefs (he lends. 
And ftrife, and war, and anger does fubdae : 
Of little much, of foes (he maketh friends. 

And to afflifted minds, fweet reft and quiet fends« 


By her the heaven is in his courfe contained. 
And all the world in ft^te unmoved (lands. 
As their Alnughty m^ker firft ordained. 
And bound them with inviolable bands ; 
Elfe would the waters overflow the lands. 
And fire devour the air, and Hell them quight. 
But that (he holds cbem with her blciled handsi. 
She is the nurfe of pleafune and delight. 

And unto Venus grace the gate doth o^en right. 
Vol. U. I 

f^o THE F AI R Y QUE EN. Mook^tV. 


By her I entrmg^ half diftnayed was ; ' ' 
But (he in gentle wife me entertained. 
And twixt her felf and Love did let me pa& e ^' 
But Hatred would my entrance have reftrain'd. 
And with his club me threatned to have brain'd^ 
Had not the Lady, with her pbwreful fpeech. 
Him from his wicked will uneath refrained % 
And th' other eke his malice did empeach. 

Till I was throughly pad the peril of hi$ reach. 


Into the inmoft temple thus I came. 

Which fuming all with frankincenfe I found. 

And odours rifing from the altars flame. 

Upon an hundred marble pillours round, 

The roof up high was reared from the ground. 

All deckt with crowns, and chains, and girkxids cay^ 

And thoufand pretious gifts worth many a pound. 

The which fad Lovers for their vows did pay } [May. 

And: all the ground was ftrow'd with flowrta asfreih as 


An hundred altars round about were fee, 
All flaming with their facrifices fire. 
That with the (beam thereof the temple fwet^ 
Which roird in clouds, to heaven did afpire, 
And in them bore true Lovers vows entire : 
And eke an hundred brafen cauklrons brighr. 
To bathe in joy and aniorou) deflre. 
Every of which was to a damzel hight; 

For all the Pri^ils were damzels, in (oh linnen dight. - 


Right in the midft the Goddefs felf did ftand. 
Upon an altar of fome coftly mafs, 
Whofe fubftance was uneath to.underftand ; 
For neither pretious ftone, nor dureliil braf5, - 
Nor fhining gdd, nor mouldring clay it was j 
But much more rare and pretious to efteem,- 
Pure in afpeft, and like to chryftal glafs. 
Yet glafs was not, if one did rightly deem ; 

But being fair pnd.bFicJclc^ likeft.glalsdid frem* 




Bat it in dopt and beauty did excell 
All other idols which th' heathen adore^ 
Far fiafling that^ which by furpafllng (kill 
Phidias did maki in Pdpbos Ifle of yore. 
With which that wretched Greek that life forlore. 
Did fall in love : yet this much fairer (hm'd, 
But covcr'd with a (lender veil afore \ 
And both her feet and legs together twin'd 

Were with a fnake,whofe head and tailwere faft combined. 


The caufe why flie was cover'd with a veil. 
Was hard to know, for that her Priefts the fame 
From peoples knowledge laboured to conceal. 
But footh it was not fure for womanifh Ihame, 
Nor any blemiih which the work m6te blame j 
But for (they fay) flic hath both kinds in one. 
Both male and female, both under one name : 
She fire and mother is her felf alone ; 

Begets, and eke conceives, ne needeth other none. 


And all about her neck and flioulders flew 
A flock of little Loves, and Sports, and Joys, 
With nimble wings of gold and purple hue 5 
Whole (hapes feem*d not like to tcrreftrial boys. 
But lik^ t6 Angels playing heavenly toys ^ 
The whilflr their elder brother was away, 
Cupid^ their eldeft brother ; he enjoys 
The wide kingdom of Love with lordly fway. 

And to his law compels all creatures to obey. 


And all about her altar, fcatt'red lay 
Great forts of Lovers piteoufly complaining; 
Some of their lofs, fome of their Loves delay, 
Some of their pride, fume paragons difdaining. 
Some fearing fraud, fome fraudulently feigning. 
As every one had caufe of good or ill. 
Amongft the reft,fome one through loves conftraining 
Tormented f©re, could not contain it ftill. 

But thu9 brake forth, that all the temple it did fill \ 



Great Venusy Queen of beauty and of grace* ' 
The joy of Gods and men, that under iky 
Doft faireft ihine, and moft adorn thy place. 
That with thy fmiling look doft pacify 
The raging feas, and mak'ft the ftorms to fly : 
Thee Goddefs, thee the winds, the clouds do fear; 
And when thou fpredft thy mantle forth on high. 
The waters play, and pleafant lands appear. 

And heavens laugh, and all the world ihews joyous chesr; 


Then doth the DadaJe earth throw forth to thee 
Out ot her fruitful lap abundant flowres : 
And then all living wights, foon as they fee 
The Spring break forth out of his lufty bowes. 
They all do learn to play the paramours ; 
Firft do the merry bu-ds, thy pretty pages, 
PKvily pricked with thy lufttul powres, 
Chirp loud to thee out of their leafy cages. 

And thee their mother call to cool their kindly rages* 


Then do the falvan beads begin to play 

Their pleafant frifks, and loath their wonted food : 
The Lions roar, the Tigers loudly brayi 
The raging Bulls rebellow through the wood. 
And breaking forth, dare tempt the deepeft flood. 
To come where thou dolt draw them with defire ; 
So all things elfe, that nourilh vital blood. 
Soon as with fury thou doft them infpire, 

In^generation feek to quench their inward' fiire* 


So all the world by thee at firft was^ made, \ 

And daily yet thou doft the fame repair : 
Ne ought on earth that merry is and glad, 
Ne ought on earth that lovely is and tair. 
But thou the fame for pleaiure didft prepare. 
Thou art the root of all that joyous is. 
Great God of men and women. Queen of th' air. 
Mother of laughter, and well-fpring of blifs^ 

O grant that of my JLove at lalt 1 oiay nui luifs,^ 

1 i 

Canto X/ THE FAIRY QUEEN^ i|ft 


So did he fay : bat I with murmur foft. 
That none might hear the forrow of my heart. 
Yet inly gtoaning deep and fighing oft, 
Befou^ht her to grant eaie unto my fmart. 
And to my wound her gracious help impart, 
Whilft thus I fpake, behold with happy eye 
I Ipide, where at the idols feet apart 
A bevy of fair damzels clofe did lie. 

Waiting, wbeaas the anthem Ihould be fung on hiidi. 


The firft of them d&A feem of riper years. 
And graver countenance than all che reft ; 
Yet all. the reft were eke her equal poers^ 
Yet unio her obeyed all the belt. 
Her name was JV$manboody that ihe expreft 
By faer fad femblant and demeanure wife : 
For ftedfaft ftill her eyes d^ fixed reft, 
Ne rQv'd at random after gazers guife, 

Wbofe lariBg baits ofttimes do heedlefs hearts entife. 


And next to her fate goodly Sbamefac" dmfs ; 
Neever durft her eyes from ground uprear, 
Ne ever once did look up from her^fs. 
As if fome blame of evU ftie did fear. 
That iti her cheeks made rofes oft appear : 
And her againft fweet Cbemfidnefs was plac'd, * 
Whofe eyes like twinkling ftars in evening clear, 
Were deckt with fmiles, that all fad humours chacM, 
r And darted forth delights, the which her goodly gracM. 


And next to her fate ibber Modefiy^ 
Holdi^^ her hand upon her g^nde heart \ 
And her. againft iate comely Courtefy^ 
That unto every perfon knew her part \ 
And her. before was feated overthwart 
Soft Stknecj and fubmifs Obedience^ 
Both Ivpkt together never to difpart. 
Both gifts of God not gotten but from thence. 

Both giriookb of his Saints againft their foes oS^nce^ \ 

I 3 

i|4i THE FAIRY Q^UEER BodklV. 

Thus fate they all around in f$omlf rate : 
And in the trndfl; of them a goodly tnaid, 
Ev*n in the lap of IFamMbaoa theft fate. 
The which was all in lilly white arrayd. 
With fiiver ftreams amongft the linnen ftfagrd ; 
Like t^ the Morn, when firft her (hining &ce 
Hath to the gloomy world it felf bewrayd : 
That fame was faineft Amcret in place. 

Shining with beauties light, and heavenly vertuea grace. 


Whom foon as I beheld^ my heart 'gan tlin>b^ 
And wadf in doubt, what beft were to be done : 
For facrilgdgp xne feon'd the church to mb ; 
And folly feemM to leave the thing undone. 
Which yrith fo ft'rong attempt I had begun. 
Tho fhakiog off all doubt and ihamefac'd fear» 
Which ladies Love I heard had never won 
'Mongfl: men of worth, I to her ftepped near. 

And by the lilly hand her laboured up to rear. 


Thereat that foitnoft matron me did blame; 
And fharp. rebuke, for being over hold \ 
Saying it was to Knight unfeemly fliame^ 
Upon a reclufe virgin to lay hold. 
That unto yemts fervices was fold. 
To whom I thus ; Nay but it fitteth beft. 
For Cu^ds man with Venus maid to hold : 
. For ill your Goddeis fervices are dreft 

By virgins, and her facrifices let to reft. 


With that my (hield I forth to her did (how. 
Which all tisat while I clofely had concealds 
On which when Cufid with his Jcilling bow 
And cruel fhafts emblazond ihe beheld. 
At fight thereof (he was with, terror queld, . 
And faid no more : but I which all that while 
The pledge of faith, her hand engaged held. 
Like wary Hind within the weedy foil, 

]For no intreaty would forgo fo glorious ipoiL 

entree :T#W».?AtRTrQUrE.EN. 135 


AndcYfiTinore t)pon the Goddefs face 

Mine eye was fixt, for fear of her offence : 
Whom when I fawwiih ami^e^rlde 
To laugh on me, and favour my pretence, 

. I was embdldso'd With more con$denc« t 
And nougnt fot.mfcenofii nor for envy fparing^ 
In pffefeace of them all forth led her chenco. 
All looking on, and lilu aftoniflit ftariog. 

Yet to lay hand of her, not one of all them daring. 


She often prayd^ ai<d .fAen me beibughf. 
Sometime with lender cMrs to let her :go, ^ 

Sometime with wicofaing (miles : but yet for nought. 
That ever (he to me cobld fay or do, 
Could (he her vilbcd fhuidom from me woe. 
But jprth I led her through the temple gate^ 
By which I hardly pafi with much ado ; 
But that fame Lady* which me frieoded late 

k entrance^ did me airo.fwnd in my retrJite. i 


No lefs did Danger tiuftattn me wirii dread, 
Whenas he faw me, maugre all his powf^, 
That glorious fpQil pf beauty with me lead, - 
Than Cerjberusy when Orpkeus did necoure ^ 

His Lema0 from di^ Stygian Princes bowre. 
But evermore ipy (hield did me defend, 
Againil the ftorm of every dreadful iioure : 
Thus fafely with my Love I thence did wend. 

So ended he his tale, where I this canto end. 


t^ THE FAIR T QjUEEN. Book nr, 

C A N T O XI. 

Marioclls fcnner wamd is heoFd^ 

He comes to Proteus ball. 
Where Thamis dotb the Medway wed^ 

A$d feafis the Sea-gods all. 


But ah for pity ! that I hava thus long 
Left a fair JLady languilfaing in pain : 
, Now well away, that I have doen fuch wrong. 
To let fair FlorimeU in bands remain. 
In bands of love, and in iad thraldroms chdn % 
From which unlefs fome heavenly powre her free 
By miracle, not yet appearing plain. 
She longer yet is like captiv'd to be : 
That ev*n to think. thereof, it inly pities me i 

Here need you to'remember, how erewhile 
Unlovely Proteus^ mifiing to his mind 
That virgins love to win by wit or wile 
Her threw into a dungeon deep and blind. 
And there in chains her cruelly did bind. 
In hope thereby her to his bent to draw : 
For whenas neither gifts nor graces kind. 
Her conftant mind could move at all he faw. 

He thought her to compel by cruelty and awc« 


Deep in the bottom of an huge great rock 

The dungeon was, in which her bound he left. 
That neither iron bars, nor brazen lock 
Did need to guard from force, or fecret theft 
Of all her Lovers, which would her have reft. 
For waird it was with waves, which rag'd and roar*d 
As they the cliff in pieces would have Cleft : 
Befides ten thoufand monfters foul abhord 

Did wait about it, gaping gricfly, all begor'd.. 


And io the midft thereof did Horrour dwell. 
And Darknefs dred, that never viewed day ; 
Like tb the baleful houfe of loweft Hell, 
In which old Styx her aged bones alway 
(Old Sfyx^ the Grandame of the Gods) doth lay. 
There did this lucklefs maid three months abide, 
Ne ever evening faw, ne morning ray, 
Ne ever from the day the night defcride. 

But thought it all one night, that did no hours divide; 

And all this was for love of Martnel^ 
Who her defpisM (ah ? who would her defpift ?) 
And womens love did from his heart expel. 
And all thofe joys that weak mankind entife« 
Nath'iefs his pride^ full dearly he did prifc % 
For of a womans hand it was ywrokc. 
That of the wound he yet in languor lies, 
Ne can be cured of that cruel ftroke 

Which Briiamart him gave, when he did her provoke. 


Yet far and near the Nymph his mother fought. 
And many falves did to his fore apply. 
And many herbs did ufe. But whenas nought 
She faw could eafe his cankling maladie. 
At laft to Trypbtm Ihe for help did hie 
(This Ttyphtm is the Sea-gods furgeon hight) • 
Whom (he befought to find fome remedy : 
And for his pains, a whiftle him behight. 

That of a fifhes iheli was wrought with rare delight. 


So Well that Leach did heark to her rcqueft. 
And did fo well employ his carefull pain. 
That in (hort fpacehis hurts he had redreft. 
And him reftor'd to healthful ftate again : 
In which he long time after did remain 
There with the Nymph his mother, like her thrall •, 
Who fore againft his will did him retain. 
For fear of peril, which to him mote fall, 

Through his too ventrous prowefs proved over all. 


131^ THE FAIRY <^lH$P^..fkK*JVi j 


I( fortun*d then^ a fokiiui f&ift v9S;fhcre \ i 

To all the Sea-gpds and their fruUfui feedy 
In honour of the fpouials, wbich>thea mt^ 
Betwixt the Midway aad the ^b^m^i aorqed*. >. 
Loiig had the 7'/&4i9Mf (as we in records read) 
Before that day her wooed to his bed \ 
Bbt the proud Nymfib^ would for no wordly meed^ 
Nor no entreaty Co his love be leid ^ . 

Till now. at laft relenting, fhe to him was wed« 


So both agreed^ that this their bridal ieaft 
Should for the <^Qd> in Proiem Wnfe bf . madf \ 
To which they all repaired, both n^oft. aod k4A^ . 
As well which in the mighty oc^aa trade. 
As that in rivers fwim, or brooks do w^de. 
All which, not if s^i hundred tongues to tell. 
And hundred mouths, and voice of brafs I had^ 
And endlefs memory, that mote excell. 

In order as they czxofi^ could I recoiMt them well. 


Help therefore, O thou facred imp of Jwi^ 
The nourfling of Dame Memory his dear. 
To whom thofe roUs, laid up in heaven abovf , 
And records of antiquity appear. 
To which no wit of man may eomen near v 
Help me tatell the names of all thole floods. 
And all thofe Nymphs, which then aiTembled were 
To that great banquet of the watry Gods, 

And all their fundry kinds, and all their hid S|bodais* 


Firft came ^reat Nepiuncj with his three-forkt mace. 
That rules the feas, and makes them rife or fall ^ 
His dewy locks did drop with brine apace, 
Under his diadem imperial : 
And by his fide, his Queen with coronal. 
Fair Amphitriti\ moft divinely fair, 
Whofe ivory (houlders weren coverM all. 
As with a robe, with her own filver hair ; 

And deckt with pearls, which th'Indianfcas for her prepared 

Thefe marched far albreditotiffr^m^l ' 
And all d^/WtOT Worn tbeefi 4i.tW]r woiHv 
TW/on his trudpei (kuAh bef«i» tHf «i blfiv^ 
For goodly WM^iph a«d gWMjpUymartt 
That made 41m fnfik*.!^) rpv at ibey w«roii»iir« 
And afeftthem tlie royal lObe came, 
Whiclvof ihAm(%mi|g bf JUneid dcfeent : 
Firft th« Sea-gOKb^ wbioh «> tbemftlirM 4^ claim 

l>e powi« q^jhw tbe billaw«« and the wivti ta ca«i» 


Pi^O^j, the T^&m of. tlvit fatal broad. 
By iTbom tboTe old heroes won fueh famei 
And GIaucm% (bat wife footbffyi undorftood i^ 
And tragic^' fm^s fon^ the v4iioh became 
A God.of if^s through hU m^ Riothers blam^. 
Now bight JfW^lM% aod is failora fiieod i 
Great Brcnfaj Mi^j^^fHSj that did (hune 
Himfelf with inccft of -^ his kin unkend i 

And hvw' CM^%..t|iat; doth icqspsfts jtUl porteml 

Neleus and ^f/w^ lovely bireEbrcn both % 
Mighty C6ry^^ and Qmui ftrong ; 
Euryfylus^ tl^ calms the waters wroth i 
And fair Eupbcmm^. thtt u(y>n chem go'tb 
A) dn the gpoujid, wit;bouc difinay ^r difad^ . 
Fierce Eryx^ arid J/^iufi^ that knpw'ih 
The waters depths and doth ibeir bottom tread i 
And fad 4frpW^ comely with hi$ hipary be9d« . 

There alfo, fome mpft famous founders were 
Of puiflaitt national which the world poffeft \ . 
Yei fons ^jf Ntftune^ now aflemhkd here : 
Ancient OgygeSj even th'anciemeft, 
And InatbHS^ renown'd above tbe reft ; 
Pbcmix^ and Aon^ and Pelafgus old. 
Great Belus^ Pbaax^ and A^encr, beft , 
And migbcy Albums father of the bold 

And warlike people, which the Bfitm Iflands hold* 


For A!Um^ the fon of Neptime ma % 
Who for die proof of his great puUEmed, 
Out of hU Jlium did «» dry^foot psS9. 
Into old Gaul^ that abw i& cleeped Frmtee^ 

' To fight with Heroiks^ that <£d advance 
To vanquifh all the world with mkccbkrs mi^t: 
And there his mortal part by great lAifehbnce 
W^(i^, but that which is th'inmiortarfpright 

Li«c4ftiUt and tx> this feaft with iV^^AM^aleed was Aghc: 


But what do I their names feck to rehttrfe. 
Which an the world have with then* tUM fiUd ? 
How can they all in this fo narrow v^rfe 
Contained be^ and in fmall compafs hild ? 
Let them record them, that are better fldiM^ 
And know the monuments of pafibd ige i 
Only what needeth, (hall be here fulfilld, 
T'exprefs fome part of that e;reat equips^. 

Which froiA great Niphi/ie do derive their parentage. 


Next came the aged Ocea9$^ and his Dtoie^ 
Old Teibys^ th'oldeft two of all the reft ; 
For all the reft, of thofe two parents came^ 
Which afterward both fea and land pofleft : 
Of all which, Jfenus^ th'eldeft and the beft. 
Did firft proceed, than which none more upright, 
Ne more finoere in word and deed pfofeft, 
Moft void of guile, moft free from foul defpight. 

Doing himfelf^ and teaching others to do rights 


Thereto he was expert in prophecies, 
And could the ledden of the Gods unfold. 
Through which, when Pitris brought his famous prize 
The fair Tindaridhk^ he him foretold. 
That her all Greece with many a champion bold 
Should fetch again, and finally deftroy 
Proud Priams town. So wife is Nereus old. 
And fo well Ikilld ; nath*lefs he takes great joy 

Ofctimes amongft the wanton Nymphs to iport and toy. 


And after him the fimous rivers came. 
Which do the earth enrich and beautific : 
The fertile Nile^ which creatures new doth frame ; 
Long RbodMUH whofe fourfe fprings from the side % 
Fair IJibery flowing from the mountains high. 
Divine Scamandery purpled yet with blood 
Of Greeks and TrcfanSy which therein did die ^ 
fa&elus^ gliftring with his golden flood. 

And 3jgris fierce, whofe ftream&of nonemay be with ttooL 


Great Ganges^ «nd immorul Eupbrates, 
Deep Indtu^ and Meander intricate. 
Slow PewHSj and te9)peftuous Phqfides^ 
Swift Rbene^ and JlpbtM^ ftiU immacuiaoe 2 
OrapceSy feared for great Cyrus fate ; 
TjtrtSy renowned for the Romans fame. 
Rich Oranocby^ though but knowen late ; 
And that huge River, which doth bear his name 

Of warlike jimazons^ which do pofiefs the fame. 1 


Joy on thofe warlike women which fo long 
Can from all men 6^ rich a kingdom hold ; 
And fhame on you, o men, which boaft your.ftrong 
And valiant hearts, in thought lefs hard and bold^ 
Yet quail in^ conqueft of that land of gold. 
But this to you, o BriSonSj moft pertains. 
To whom the right hereof, it felf hath fold ; 
The which, for fparing little coft or pains 

Lofe fo immortal glory, and fo eodlefs ggins« . . ) 


Then was there heard a moft celeftial found 
Of dainty mufick, which did next enfue 
Before (he fpoufe : that was jirion crownd : 
^ho playing on his harp, unto him drew 
The ears and hearts. of all that goodly crew, . , 
That even yet the Dolphin, which him bore 
Through the JEgean feas from Pirates view. 
Stood Itill by him aftonilht at his lore. 

And all d}C raging i^^ tor joy forgot tq. rqre, . 

So went he playing On the watfy pkhi* 
Soon after whotn the lovely bridegrooAi OLtt^ 
The noble thames^ with all his goodly train ( • 

; But bim before there went, as beft became. 
His ancient parents, namely th'anrieht ^bamii. 
But much more aged was his wife than he. 
The Ouzey whom men do IJi$ rightly name ; 
Full weak and crooked creature Teemed (he, [fee. 

JUid almoft Uind through eld, that fcarce her way coukl 


Therefore on either fiiie i9ie was fuftainVI 


Of two fmall grooms, which by their names were fafight 
TheC^i^^andGbsrw^//, two fmall ftreahfis^ which pain'd 
Themielves her footing to direft aright, 
Which failed oft through faint and feeble plight t 
But Thame was ftronger, and of better ftay i 
Yet feem'd full aged by his outward fight. 
With head all hoary^ dnd his beard all gray. 

Dewed with filver drobs^ that trickled down aiway« 


And eke he fbmeWhat feem'd to fttep afbre 
With bowed back, by reafon of the load, 

^ And ancient heavy burden, which he bore 
Of that fair city, wherein make aboad 
So many learned imps^ that ihoot abroad. 
And with their branches fpred all Briiany^ 
No lefs than do her elder filters iM-ood. 
Joy to you both, ye double nourfery^ 

Of arts : but Oxford thine doth fbame moft glorify* 


But he their fon full frelh and jolly was. 
All decked in a robe of watchet hue. 
On which the waves, glittring like chfyftali glafs, 
So cunningly enwoven were, that few 
Could weencn, whether they were falfc or true. 
And on his head like to a coronet 
He wore, that feemed ftrange to common view. 
In which were many towres and cafties fet. 

That it encompaft round as with a golden free* 



Like as the modifr of the Gods^ they fay^ 
In her great iron charet wonts to ride, 
'When to Jsves palace fbe doch take her way ; 
Old Cykeli\ arrayd with pompous pride. 
Wearing a diadem embattled wide 
With hundred turrets, like a tunibant : 
With foch an One was Tbamis beautifide ( 
Hiac was to weet, the famous TroymvoMff 

Id whioh htr kiogd(Mns 

And round abouc Mm many a pittty Page 
Attended duely, ready to obey } 
All little rivers, which owe vaflallage . 
To him, as to their Lord, and tri^te pay : 
The ebaulkiy Kemt^ and the TkeHs gray. 
The moriih C#ilf, and the foft flkttng Brean^ 
The wanton 1>#, that ok doth lofe his way. 
And the ftill Darmi^ in whole waters clean 

Ten thoufand ftlhf s play, and deck his pleafant ftreanit 

Thea came hia neighbour floods^ which nigh him dwells 
And water all the Englifli foil throughout \ 
They all on him this day attended well ; 
And with meet finrvtce waited htm about % 
No one difdained low to him to lout : 
No not the ftately SiV0m grudg'd at ail, 
Ne ftoMiing Humiir^ though he looked (tout i 
But both him honor'd as their principal, 

And kc their fwelling waters low before hia\ falL 


There was the fpeedy Tamar^ which divides 
The Conti/b^ and the Devonijh confines •, 
Through both whofe borders fwiftly down k glides. 
And meeting iV/w, to PUmouth thence declines • 
And Dart nigh cboakt with fands of tfnny mines. 
But Avon marched. in more ftately path, • ^ 
Proud of his adamants, with which he (hines 
And gliders wide, as als* of wondrous Batb^ 

And Brtftol fair which on- his wavca 1>^ buUdcd hath* 

144 THE FAIRY QUEElf. .BooklV:; 


And there came Siour with terrible alpe&t 
Bearing his fix defoitned heads on high. 
That £tth bis courfe through Blandford pbuns dir^y 
And walheth JVinioum meads in itdiotk dry* 
Next him, went JVyliboum with pdflage fly» 
That of his wylinefs his name doth take» 
And of himfelf doth name the (hire thereby : 
And Mole^ that like a nourfling mole doth make 

His way ftill under ground, till f banks, be otctakc* 


Then came tbe Rpiber^ docked all with wood^ 
Like a wood God, and flowing fait to Riy : 
And Sture^ that parteth with his pleafant floods 
The eaftern Saxims from the fouthem nigh. 
And Clare^ and Harmcb both doth beautifie : 
Him followed Tar^ ioit ^^Sb^n%.Normcb w^» 
And with him brought a prefent joyfully 
Of his own fifliuatQ their feflivajl, . 

Whofe likenone elfe could fliew, the which theyi^i^^ cali 


$>fext thefe, the plenteous 0»fe came far from land* 
fiy many a city, and by many a town» 
And many rivers uking under hand 
Into his waters, as he paflieth down \ 
The Cle^ the fFeriy iht Guam ^ the Sturiy the Rrnvn^ 
Thence doth by Huntingdon and Cambridge flit» 
My mother Cambridge^ whom as with a crowa 
He doth adqrn, and is adorn'd of it 

With many a gentle Mufe, and many a learned wit^ 

XXXV. ' 

And afto- him the fatal IVelland went, ' 

That if old faws prove true (which God forbid) 
Shall drown all Holland with his excrenient. 
And fl^all fee Stamford^ though now homely hid» 
TJbei) ibine in learning, more than ever did 
Cambridge or Oxford^ Englands goodly beams. 
And next to him cii^ ^ene down fofrly Aid ; 
And bounteous Trent^ that in himfelf enfeams 

Both thirty 4art$. of. ^(b, aqd thirty fundry (breams. 

iCsiMftSU. THE FAIRY Ojl^l^'tf. t4$ 


Next thefe came ^ym^ along whofe (tony bank 
That Romin Monarch built a bras^en wall. 
Which ipote the fcebled Bhfons ftrongly flank 
Agaii\ft the Piffs^ that fwarmed over all. 
Which yet thereof Gualfever they do call : 
And Twedc the limit betwixt Logris land 
And All^any : and Eden though but fmall. 
Yet often ftaind with bbod of many a band 

Of Scots and £nglj/b both, that tincd on his ftrao^. 


Then came (hofe fix fad brethren, like forlorn. 
That whylomc were (as antique fathers tell) 
Six valiant Knights, of one fair Nymph yborn^ 
Which did in noble deeds of arms eitcell. 
And woaned there, where now Tork people dwell ; 
Still Ure, fwift fVerfe^ and Oz^ the mofi of mighty 
High S*ii&aU^ unquiet Nide^ and troublous Shell ; 
All whom a Scythian King, that Huntber hight^ 

Slew cruelly, and, in the river drowned quighc. 


But p^ft not long, ere Bfutus warlike fon 
Locrinus^ them aveng'd, and the fame date^ 
Which the proud Humber unto them had done^ 
By equal doom repayd on his own pate : 
For in the felf fame river, where he late 
Had drenched them, he drowned him again } 
And nam'd the river of his wretched fate \ 

' Whofe bad condition yet it doth retain. 

Oft cofled with his ftorms, ivhich therein ftill remala. 


Thefe after^ came the (tony (hallow Lone^ 
That to old Loncafter his name doth lend ; 
And following Dee^ which Britons long ygone 
Did call divine, that doth by Chefter tend ; 
And Comvay, which out of his ftream doth fend 
Plenty of pearls to deck his dames withall, 
And TUndus that his Pikes doth moft commend^ 
Of which the ancient Lincoln men do call. 

All thxfe together marched toward Proteui halL 
Vol- II. K 

;i46 . THE FAIRY QUEEN. Book I Vj 


Ne thence the Irijh rivers abfcnt were, 
Sith no lefs famous than the reft they be. 
And ioin in neighbourhood of kingdom near» 
Why (hould they not like wife in love agree» 
And joy likcwife this folemn day to fee ? 
They faw it all, and prefent were in place ; 
Though. I- them all according their degree. 
Cannot recount, nor tell their hidden race. 

Nor read the falvage countries, thorough which they pace. 


There was the Liffy^ rolling down the ka. 
The fandy Slane^ the ftony Aubrian^ 
The fpacious Shenan fpreading like a fea. 
The pleafant, Boyne^ the fifhy fruitfull Ban^ 
Swift Aumduffy which of the Engli/h-mzn 
Is caird Blackwaier^ and the L^ar deep. 
Sad Trowis, that once his people over-ran,^ 
Strong Alio tumbling from Slewlo^ber fteep. 

And Mullamiuc^ whofe waves I wbilome taught to weep> 


And there the three renowned brethren were. 
Which that great Giant Blomius begot 
Ofthe fair Nymph Rbeiifa wandring there. 
One day, as ihe to (hun the feafon hot. 
Under SUwbloom in (hady grove was got, 
This Giant found her, and by force deflowr'd : 
Wheregf conceiving, (he in time forth brought 
Thefe three fair fons, which being thence forth pour*d 

la three great rivers ran, and many countries icour'd. 


The fir ft, the gentle Shure^ that niaking way 
By fweet Clonmellj adorns rich 1Vaterford\ 
The next, the ftubborn Newre^ whofe waters grey 
By fair Kilkenny and Rojfeponte bca-d ; 
The third, the goodly BaroWy which doth hoard 
Great heaps of Salmons in his deep bofome : 
AH which long fundred, do at laft accord 
To join in one, ere to the fea they come. 

So flowing all from one, all one at laft become. 



. XLI V, 

There alfo WaS the wide embayed Ma^rcy 
The pleafant Bandon crownd with many a wood» 
The fpreading Lee^ that like an ifland fair 
Eoclofech Corke wich his divided flood ; 
And baleful Ouu^ late ftaind with Englijh blood i 
With many more whofe names no tongue can tellt 
All which that day in order feemly good 
Did on the Thames attend^ and waited well 

To do their dueful fervice, as to them befelK 


Then came the bride^ the lovely Medua came, / 

Clad in a vefture of unknowen gear. 
And uncouth fa(hion, yet her well became \ 
That feem'd like filver, fprinkled here and there 
With glittering fpangs, that did like ftars appear^ 
And wav'd upon, like water chamelot. 
To hide the metal, which yet every where 
Bewrayed it ft 1 , to let men plainly wot^ 

It was no tnortal work» that feem'd' and yet was not* 


Her goodly locks adown her back did flow 
Unto her waift, with flowres bcfcattered. 
The which ambrofial odours fprth did throw 
To all about, and all her fhoulders fpread 
As a new fpring ; and likewife on her head 
A chapelet of fundry flowres Ihe wore. 
From under "which the dewy humour flied. 
Did trickle down her hair, like to the hore 

Congealed little drops, which do the morn adore. 


On her two pretty handmaids did attend. 
One caird the Tbeifsy the other cali'd the Crane ; 
Which on her waited things amifs to mend. 
And both behind upheld her fpreading train ; 
Under the which, her feet appeared plain. 
Her filver feet, fair wafht againft this day : 
And her before there paced pages twain, 
Both clad in colours like, and like array, 

'Dx^Doune and eke theFri/i',both which prepared her way* 

K 2 

y^ THE FAIRY QUEEN, Bookir. 

And after thefe the Sea Nymphs marched afll, 
AH goodly damzels, decfct with long green hair. 
Whom of their fire Nereides men call. 

All which the Oceans daughter ta him bare j 

The grey-cyd Doris: all which fifty are ; 

All which fhe there on her attending had* 

Swift Proto^ mild EucraUy thetis fair, 

Soft Spioy fweet Endore^ Sao fad^ 
Liaht Doto. wanton Glauie^ and Galene glad > 

White-handed Eutdcay proud THnamene-j 

Joyous Thalia, %ooA\y Ampbitrite, 

Lovely Pajithee, kind Eulimine, 

Light-foot Cymclboe, and fweet MsliSe^ 

Faireft Pberufa, Pbao lilly white, 

Wondred Aga^e^ Ports, and Nefaa, 

With Erato that doth in love delight, 

And Panop^e, and wife Protomed^a, 
And fnow-neckt Doris, and milkwhitc Galaib^a ; 

speedy IBppthoti and chafte AStay 

Large Ufianaffay and Pronaa fage, 

Evagwty and light fontoporta. 

And fhe, that with her leaft word can affuage 

The furging feas, when they do foreft rage, 

Cymodoce, and ftout AutonoCt 

And Nefoy and Bone well in age,. 

And feeming ftill to fmlle, Glauconome, 
And Ihc that hight of many hefts Polynome -, 

Frefti Mmeday deckt with girfond green j 
Hyponeo, with fak bedewed wrefts : 
LaomeMoy like th? chryftal Iheen-, 
£wffor«, much prais'd for wife behefts -y 
And Pfmatbey for her broad fnowy brcafts 5 
Cy»i«, EttpompCy and fbmifte juft •, 
And (he that vertue loves and .vice detefts,, 
Evarnay And Menippe true in truft, j 

And Nemtrtea learned well to rule her luft. 



All theie^the daughters of old Nereus wtre, 
Which have the fea in charge to them aflignM, 
To rule his tides, and furges to uprear. 
To bring forth ftorms, or £i^ them to upbind. 
And failors fave from wrecks of wrathful wind. 
And yet bcHdes, three thoufand more there were 
Of th' Oceans feed, but Joves and Phcshus kind ; 
The which in floods and fountains do appear^ 

And all mankind do nourilh with their waters clear^ 


The which more eath it were for mortal wight. 
To tell the fands, or count the ftan on high. 
Or ought more hard, than think to reckon right. 
But well I wote, that thefei which I defcry. 
Were prefent at this great folemnity : 
And there amongft the reft, the mother was 
Of lucklefs Marinely Cjmodocc ; 
Which, for my mufe her felf now tired has. 

Unto another canto I will overpafs^ 



Marin* for love of Florimell, 

In languor wajles bis life • 
The Nymph his Mother get Mb ber^ 

4nd ^ives to him for Wife. 


Owhat an endlefs work have I in hand. 
To count the feas abundant progeny ! 
Whofe fruitful feed far paffeth thofe in land. 
And alfo thofe which wonne in th* azure (ky« 
For much more eath to tell the ftars on highn , 
Albe they endlefs feem in eftimation. 
Then to recount the feas pofterity : 
So fertile be the floods in generation, 
So huge their numbers, and (b numberlds their natioal 

K 3 



Therefore die ai^ique Wizards well inreated, 
Tlx^t Fenus of the foamy fea was bred ; 
For that the feas by her are mod augmented : 
Witnefs tV ^xcecding^ fry, which there are fed. 
And wondrous fhoals which may of none be read. 
1*hen blame me not, if I have ^rr'd in count 
Of Gods, of >f ymphs, of rivers yet unread : 
For though their numbers do much more furnKiunt, 

Yet all thofe fame were there, which earft I did recount. 


All thp(e were there, and many other more, 
Whofe names and nations were too Jong to teli» 
That Troteus houfe they filld ev'n to the dorci 
Yet were they alt in order as befell. 
According their degrees difpofcd welL 
Amqo^ the reft, was fair Cymodoci^ 
The mother of unlucky Marinell^ 
Who thither with her came, to learn and fee 

The manner of the Gods when they at banquet be. 


But for he was half mortal, being bred 

*"lOf mortal fire, though of immortal womb. 
He might not with imnwrtal food be fed, 
Ne with th* e'ternal Gods to banquet come j 
But walkt abroad, and round about did rome. 
To view the building of that uncouth place. 
That feem'd unlike unto his earthly home: 
Where, ^ as he to and fro by chance did trace. 

There unto him betid a difadvcntrous cafe. 


Under the. hanging of an hideous clief, 
He heard the lamentable voice of one. 
That piteoufly complained her careful grief, 
Whrcb never (he before difclosM to none, 
Butto herfelf her forrow did bemone. 
So feelingly her cafe (he did complain. 
That ruth \t moved in the rocky Hone, 
And made it feem to feel her grievous pain, 

Aqd oft. to groan with billows beating from the main. 



Though vain I fee my forrows to unfold. 
And count my cares, when none is nigh to hear % 
Yet hoping grief may leflen being told, 
I will them tell though unto no man near : 
For heaven that unto all lends equal ear. 
Is far from hearing of my heavy plight i 
And loweft Hell, to which I lie moft near. 
Cares not what evils hap to wretched wight ; 

And greedy feas do in the fpoil of life delight. 


Yet lo, the feas I fee by often beating, 
Do pierce the rocks, and hardeft marble wears : 
But his bard rocky heart for no entreating 
Wni yield ; but when my piteous plaints he hears^ 
Is hardned more with my abundant tears. 
Yet though he never lift to me relent. 
But let me wafte in woe my wretched years. 
Yet will I never of my Love repent. 

But joy that for his fake I fuffer prifonment. 


And when my weary ghoft with grief oat* worne^ 
By timely death fliall win her wiflied reft. 
Let then this plaint unto his ears be borne. 
That blame it is to him that arms profeft. 
To let her dye whom he might have redreft. 
There did ihe paufe, inforced to give place. 
Unto the paflion, that her heart oppreft. 
And after (he had wept and wail'd a fpace. 

She 'gan afrefh thus to renew her wretched caie. 


Ye Gods of feas, if any Gods at all 
Have care of right, or ruth of wretches wrong* 
By one or other way me woeful thrall, 
Deliver hence out of this dungeon ftrofig. 
In which I daily dying am too long. 
And if ye deem me death, for loving one 
Th^t loves noc me, then do it not prolongs 
But let me dye and end my days attone. 

And let him Uve unlov'd, or love himfelf «lon?» 

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I5i ti^ft FAlftir ^UMfeN. Book IV. 


But if that life ye imtd me decree. 

Then let iM Ifve, as Lovers ought to do. 

And of my ISfei deiir Love belove<3 be : 

And if he Ihbuld throiigh pride your doom undo. 

Do you by durefs him compell thereto. 

And in this prifon put him here with me : 

One priibn fitteft is to hold us two : 

So had 1 rather to be thrall than free ; 

Such thraldom or fuch freedom let it furcly be* 


But O vain judgnient, and conditions vain, 
The which the prilbner points unto the Free ! 
The whiles I him condemrt, and deem his pain. 
He wKere he lift goes loofe, and laughs at me. 
So ever loofc, fo ever happy be. 
But wherefo loofe or happy that thou art. 
Know Mtninell that all this is for thee. 
With that flie wept and wail'd as if her heart [fmart. 

Would quite have burft through great abundance of her 


^11 which complaint when MarincU had heard; 
And underftb6d the caufe of all her care 
To come of him for ufing her fo hard. 
His ftubborn heart, that never felt misfare. 
Was toucht with foft remorte and pity rare ; 
That cv'n for grief of mind he oft did groan. 
And inly wifh, that in his powre it were 
Her to redrefs : but fince he means found none, 

He couW no more but her great mifery bemone. 


Thus whilft his ilony heart with tender ruth, 
Was toucht, and mighty courage mollifide. 
Dame Venus fon that tameth ftubborn youth 
With ironl^it, and maketh him abide, 
Till like a viftor on his back he ride. 
Into his ritouth his mayftring bridle threw. 
That made him ftoop, till he did him bcftride : 
Then 'gan ie make him tread his 0eps anew, 

/.nd karn to love, -by learning lovers pains to rcw* 



Now ^n he in his grieved mind darite, * 
How from chat dungeon he might her enla)^ ; 
Some while he thought, by feir and humble wife 
To Ptetein felf to fuc for her drfchargc : 
But thm he fearM his mothers former charge 
•Gainft womens love, long given him in vain. 
Then *gan he think, perforce with Iword and targe 
Her forth to fetch, and Proteus to conftrain : 

But foon he ^gan fuch folly to forethink again; 


Then did he caft to fteal her thence away. 
And with him bear, where none of her might lcnoW|j 
But all in. vain : for why he found no way 
To enter in, or iffue forth below ; 
For all about that rock the fea did flow. 
And though unto his will (he given were. 
Yet without Ihip or boat her thence to row. 
He wift not how, her thence away to bear 5 

And danger well he wift long to continue there. 


At laft, whenai no means he could invent. 
Back to himfelf he 'gan return the blame. 
That was the author of her punifliment ; 
And with vile curfes, and reproachful Ihame 
To damn himfelf by every evil name. 
And deem unworthy or of love or life. 
That had defpisM fo chafte and fair a Dame, 
Which him had fought through trouble and long ftrifci 

Yet had refus'd a God that her had fought to wi^« 


In this fad plight he walked here and there. 
And roamed round about the rock in vain. 
As he had loft himlelf,. he wift not where j 
Oft liftening if he mote her hear again ; 
And ftill bemoaning her unworthy pain : 
Like as an Hind whofe calf is fain unwares 
Into feme pit, where (he him hears complain. 
An hundred times about the pit fide fares, 

Right forfo'wfully mourning her bereaved carest 



And now by this, the&aft was throughly ended, 
And-every one '^n homeward to rdbrt : 
Which feeing, MarimU was fore ojEFended, 
That his departure thence fhould be fo Ihort, 
And leave his Love in that fea- walled fort. 
Yet durfl; he not his mother difobey ; 
But her attending in full feemly fort. 
Did naarch amonjg;ft the many all the way : 

And all the way didinly mourn like one aftray. 

^ XIX. 

Being returned to his mothers bowre. 
In folitary filence far from wight, 
1H[e 'gan record the lamentable ftowre. 
In which his wretched Love lay day and night, 
For his dear fake, that ill deferv'd that plight : 
The thought whereof empicrft his heart fo deep. 
That of no worldly thing he took delight ; 
Ne daily food did take, ne nightly fleep. 

But pin'd, and mourn'd, and languiiht, and alone did weep« 


That in fhort fpace his wonted chearful hue 
*Gan fade, and lively fpirits deaded quight : 
His check-bones raw, and eye-pits hollow grew. 
And brawny arms had loft their knowen might. 
That nothing like himfelf he feem'd in fig^ht. 
Ere long, fo weak of limb, and fick of love 
He wox, that longer he n'ote (land upright. 
But to his bed was brought, and laid above, 

l^ike rueful ghoft, unable once to ftir or move. 


Which when his mother faw, (he in her mind 
Was troubled fore, ne wift well what to ween. 
Ne coiild by fearch nor any means outfind 
The fecret caufe and nature of his teen. 
Whereby (he might apply fome medicine ; 
But weeping day and night did him attend. 
And piourn'd to (ee her iofs before her eyn : 
Whifch gricv'd her more, that (he it could not mend } 

To fee an hclplcfs evil double grief doth lend.- 



Nought could flie read the root of* his diieaiff» 
Ne wecD what mifter malady it is. 
Whereby to feek fome means it to appeaie. 
Moft did fhe think, but moft (he thought amifsy 
That that fame former fatal wound of his 
Whylear by Trypbon was not throughly heal'd. 
But clofely rankled under th'orifice : 
Lead did ihe think, that which he moft concealed* 

That Love it was, which in his heart lay unreveai'd* * 


Therefore to Trypban Ihe again doth hafte. 
And him doth chide as falfe and fraudulent. 
That faird the truft which (he in him had plafte^ 
To cure her fon, as he his faith had lent : 

' Who now was fain into new languilhment 
Of his old hurt, which was not throughly cur^d. 
So back he came unto her patient ; 
Where fcarching every part, her well aflur^d. 

That it was no old fore, which his new pain procured. * 


But that it was fome other malady. 
Or grief unknown, which he could not difcem: 
So left he her withouten remedy. 
Then 'gan her heart to faint, and quake, and yem^ 
And inly troubled was the truth to learn. 
Unto himfelf fhe came, and him befought. 
Now with fair fpeeches, now with threatnings flem. 
If ought lay hidden in his grieved thought, 

Ic to reveal: who ft ill heranfwer^d, there was nought.' 


Nath'lefs, flie rcfted not fo fatisfide : 
But leaving watry Gods, as booting nought. 
Unto the fhiny heaven in hafte ftie hide. 
And thence Apollo King of Leaches brought. 
Apollo came \ who foon as he had fought 
Through his difeafe, did by and by outfind. 
That he did languifh of fome inward thought. 
The which afHidtcd his engrieved mind ; 

Which Love he read to be, that leads each living kind* 

l5^ .^HE FAIRY QJLJ£EN. Book m 


^Vhich wfctn he had \iiito^ his mother told. 
She 'gan thereat to fret, and greatly grieve. 
And coining to her Ton, 'gan firft to fcold. 
And chide at him that made her mi(bclieve : 
But afteiwards !he 'gan him loft to Ihrieyc, 
And wooe witt fair intreaty, to difclofe 
Which of the Nymphs his heart fo fore did mieve.' 
<For fiipe Ihe ween*d it was fame one of thofe, 

VTMeh he had Jately feen, that for his Love he chofe. 


Kow Icfs (he feared that fame fatal read, 
•That warned him xrf womens love beware ; 
"Which bttng meant of mortal creatures feed. 
For love of Nymphs Ihe thought fhe need not care. 
But promift him whatever wight Ihe were, 
T^t ihe her love to him would (hortly gain. 
So he her told : butfbon as (he did hear 
That florimell it was which wrought his pain. 

She ^an afreih to diafe, and grieve in every vain* 


Yet fmce fhe faw the flreight extremity, 
In which his life unluckily was laid. 
It was no time to fcan the prophefy, 
Whether old Prcttm true or falfe had faid. 
That his decay (hould happen by a maid. 
It's late, in death, of danger to advife. 
Or love forbid him, that is life denay'd : 
But rather *gan in troubled mind devife. 

How Ihe that Ladies liberty might entcrprifc. 


To Proteus felf to fue, fhe thought it vain, 
Wha was the root and worker of her woe : 
Nor unto any meaner to complain. 
But unto great King Neptune felf did go. 
And on her knee bdbrc him falling low. 
Made humble fuit unto his Majefty 
Ta grant to her, her fons life, which his foe 
A cruel tyrant had prcfumptuoufly 

% wicked doom condemned, a wretched death to dy€f; 

CtttoXn- THE FAIRY QUEEN. 15; 

To whom God Neptmii foftly fmiling, thu§$ 
Daughter, me feems of double wrong ye ptain,^ 
'Gainft one that hath both wronged you and us i 
For death t*award, I ween*d did appertain 
To none, but to the Teas foie Soverain. 
Read therefore who it is which this hath wrought^* 
And for what caufe ; the truth difcover plain* 
For never wight fo evil did or thought. 

But would ibme rightful caufe pretena, though rightly 

XXXL [nought. 

To whom (he anfwer'd ; Then it is by name, 
Proteus^ that hath ordained my Ton to dye ; 
For that a waift, the which by fortune came 
Upon your feas, he claimed as property : 
And yet not his, nor his in equity. 
But yours the waih by high prerogative. 
Therefore I humbly crave your Majefty, 
It to replevy, and my fon reprieve : \ 

So (hall you by one gift fave all us three alive. 


He granted it : and llraight his warrant made. 
Under the Sea-gods feal authentical. 
Commanding Proteus (traight t*enlarge the maid. 
Which wandring on his feas imperial 
He lately took, and fithence kept as thrall. 
Which fhe receiving with meet thankfulncfs. 
Departed ftraight to Proteus therewithal! : 
Who reading it with inward loathfulnefs. 

Was grieved to reftore the pledge he did pollefs. 


Yet durft he not the warrant to withftand. 
But unto her delivered Florimell. 
Whom fhe receiving by the lilly hand, 
Admir'd her beauty much, as (he mote well : 
For (he all living creatures did excell ; 
And was right joyous that (he gotten had 
S<j fair a wife for her fon MarinelL 
So home with her (he ftraight the virgin lad. 

And (hewed her to him, then being fore beftad. 



Who ibon as he beheld that Angels face. 
Adorned with ail divine perfection. 
His cheared heart eftfoons away 'gan chace 
Sad death, revived with her fweet infpe&ion. 
And feeble fpirit inly felt refe£bion ; 
As withered weed through cruel winters tine. 
That feels the warmth of funny beams refledtion, 
Lifts up his head that did before decline. 

And 'gins to fpread his leaf before the fair funfhine. 


Right fo himlelf did Marinell uprear. 

When he in place his deareft Love did fpy ; 

And though his limbs could not his body bear, 

Ne former ftrength return fo fuddainly. 

Yet chearful figns he fhewed outwardly. 

Ne lefs was (he in fecret heart affeded. 

But that (he masked it with modefty. 

For fear flie fhould of lightnefs be detected % 

Which to another place I leave to be perftdcd. 

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T H E 


O F T H E 



The legend of Arthegal; orof jufticc^ 

ft ^ 


SO oft as I, with ftate of prefent time, • ' t'^ 

The image of the antique world compare, 
Whenas man's age was in his frefheft prime, "^ m 
And the firft blofibm of fair vcrtue bare, *: ' 

Such odds I find twixt thofe, and thefe which at^ 
As chat through long continuance of his courfe. 
Me feems the world is run quite out of fquare, 
From the firft point of his appointed fourfe. 

And being once amifs grows daily worfe and worfc. 


For from the golden age, that firfl was nam'd. 
It's now at earft become a ftony one ; 
And men themfelves, the which at firfl: were fram'd 
Of earthly mould, and form'd of fleih and bone. 
Are now transformed into hardeft ftone : 
Such as behind their backs (fo backward bred) 
Were thrown by Pjrrha and Dmcalione : 
And if than thofe may any worfe be read. 

They into that ere long will be degendered. ..^ 



Let none then blame me, if in difciplin^ 
Of vcrtue and of civil ufes lore, 
I do not form them to the common line 
Of present days, which are corrupted fore^^ 
But to the antique ufe, which was of yore. 
When good was only for it felf defir'd, 
And all men fought their own, and none no mort i 
When Juftice was not for moft meed ouc-hir'd. 

But iimple truth did reign, and was of all admir'd« 


For that which alt men then did vertue call. 

Is now callM vice ; and that which vjce was hight^ 

Is now hight vercue, and fo us'd of all : 

Right now is wrong, and wrong that was is right, 

As all things elfc in time are ch^ng^d quight. 

Ne wonder ; for the heavens revolution 

Is wandred far, from where it .firft was pight^ 

And fo do make contrary conftitution 

Of all this lower world toward his diiTolutioni 


For whofo lift into the heavens look. 

And fcarch the courfes of the rolling fphears. 
Shall find that from the point, where they firft todk 
Their fetdng forth, in thefe few thoufand years 
They all are wandred much ; that plain appears* 
For that fame golden fleecy Ram, which bom 
Phrixus and HelU from their ftepdamcs fears. 
Hath now forgot, where he was plac'd of yore. 

And ihouldred hath the Bull, which fair Europa bore^ 


And eke the Bull hath with his bow^bent horn 
So hardly butted thofe two twins of Jw^, 
That they have crufht the Crab, and quite him borne 
Into the great Nemean Lions grove. 
So now all range, and do at random rove 
Out of their proper places far away. 
And all this world with them amifs do move, ' 
And all his creatures from their courie aftray. 

Till they arrive at their laft ruinous decay. 

THE FAIRY queen; fc^^; 


Ne is that (ame great glorious lamp of light. 
That doth enlumine all thofe lefler 6res, 
In better cafe, ne keeps his courjle more right. 
But is mifcarried with the other Spheres. 
For (ince the term of fourteen hundred years 
That learned Ptolonr^ his height did take. 
He is declined from that mark of theirs. 
Nigh thirty minutes, to the fouthern lake; 

That makes nie fear in time he will us ^utte forfalco. 7 


And if to thofe jEgfpiian wifards old. 
Which in ftar-read were wont have beft infight. 
Faith may be given, it is by thfcm told. 
That fince the time they firft took the funs height. 
Four times his place he Ihifted hath in figbt. 
And twice hath rifcn, where he now doth weft. 
And wetted twice, where he ought rife aright. 
But moft is Mars amifs of all the reft. 

And next to him old Saturn^ that was wont be beft. 


For|lonog£tf/»r»xanlient rdgn, itis faid, .' " » 
That all the worW with goodnefs did abound. 
All loved vertue, no jman was af&atd 
Of ibrce, ne fraud in wight was to be found : 
}io war was known, no dreadful trumpets ibund^ 
Peace univerfal reign'd 'mongft men and beafts^ 
And all things freely grew out of the ground : 
Juftice fate high ador'd with folemn feafts. 

And to all people did divide her dred bebegftg, 


Moft facred vertue (He of all the reft, 
Refembling God in his imperial might; 
Whofe foveraine powre, is herein moft expreft. 
That both to good and bad he dealeth right. 
And aU his works with Juftice hath bedight» 
That powre he alfo doth to Princes lend. 
And makes them like bimfelf in glorious fights 
To fit in his own feat, his caufe to end. 

And rule his people right, as he doth recommend. 
Vol. II. L 



Pread foveraine Goddefi that doft highefl fit 
In fes^t of judgement, in th* Almighty's ftead. 
And with magnifick might and wondrous wit 
Doft to thy people righteous doom aread. 
That furtheft nations fills with aweful dreadt 
Pardon the boldnefs of thy bafeft thrall. 
That dare difcourfe of fo divine a read. 
As thy great juftice praifed over all ; 

The ihftrument whereof lo here thy ArtbegalL 

1 \ I LJJ » 

C A N T O I, 


Arthegal trairCd in juftice lore 

Irena's queji furfiCd: 
He doth avenge en Sanglier 

His Ladies bk^d embru^d. 


Though vertue then were held in higheft prioQfi 
In thofc old times, of which I do entreat. 
Yet then likewife the wicked feed of vice 
Began to fpring; which Ihortly grew full great. 
Aiid with their boughs the gentle plants did bcac^ 
But evermore fome of the vertyous race 
Rofe up, infpired with heroick heat, 
That cropt the branches of the Gent bafe. 

And with ftrong hand their fruitful ranknefs did defacQ 


Such firft was Bacchus^ that with furious might 
All iWEaft^ before untam'd did ovcrrone. 
And wrong reprefled, and eftabiifht right. 
Which lawlefs men had formerly fordone. 
There Juftice firftltcr Princely rule begun. 
Next Hercules his like enfample fhew*d. 
Who all the fFeJl with equal conqueft won, 
And monftrous tyrants with his club fubdu'd ; 

The club of Juftice dread, with Kingly powre en^^M, 

CintoL THE FAIRY qUEEN. x6f 

And fuch was he of whom I have to telf, ^ 

The champion of true Juftice^ Artbegatt. 
Whom (as yc lately mote remember well) 
An hard adventure, which did then befall^ 
Into redoubted peril forth did call \ 
That Was to fuccour a.diftrefled Dame, 
Whom a ftrong tyrant did unjuftly thrall. 
And from the heritage, which fhe did clame. 

Did with ftrong hand withhold : Grantario was his name/ 


Wherefore the Lady» which Irena hight. 
Did to the Fairy Queen her way addrefs ; 
To whom complaining her afflided plight. 
She her befougbt of gracious redrels 
That foveraine Queen, that mighty Emperefs, 
Whofe glory is to aid alt fuppliants poor. 
And of weak Princes to be patronefs, _ 

Chofe Artbegal to right her to reftore ; 

For that to her he f^cjin'd beft skilld in righteous lore« 


For Artbegal in Juftice was upbrought 
Even from the cradle of his infancy. 
And all the depth of rightful doom was taught 
By fzAT Afiraa^ with great induftry, 
Whilft here on earth Ihc lived mortally. 
For till the world from his perfe&ion fell 
Into all filth and foul iniquity, 
Afiraa here mongft earthly, men did dwell. 

And in the rules of Juftice them inftruded well. 


Whiles through the world ihe walked in this fort. 
Upon a day ihe found this gentle child, 
Amongft his peers playing his childifh fport : 
Whom feeing fit, and with no crime defil'd. 
She did allure with gifts and fpeeches mild. 
To wend with her. So thence him far ihe brought 
Into a cave from company exil'd, 
In which (be nourfled him, till years he raught. 

And all the difcipline of Juftice there him ^ught| 




There (he him tinight to weigh both wright zvA wrong 
In equal bilUnce with due recompencc, .' 
And equity to mcafyrc out along* 
Accordi^ to the Jinc of confciencc, 
Whenfo it needs with rigour to difponUs. • 
Of all the which (for want there of mankind) 
She caufed him to make experience 
Upoa'WiJd bcafts, which fhe in woods dW find. 
With, wrongful powrc opprefling others of their kind, 

Thus flie him tralpcd, and thus fhe him taught. 
In all the ft:ill of deeming wrong and right. 
Until th^ npff nefs of maps years he raugbt : 
That ev'n wild bcafts did fear his awcful fight, 
And,incn »dmir'd his over-ruling mi^ht; 
Ne any liv/d on ground, that durft withftand 
His dreadful beaft, mpch Icfs him match in 6gh^ 
Or bide the horroor of bis wrcakful hand, 
WMfo he lift ia wrath lift up his fteely brand. 

Which fteely brand, to make him dreadded more. 
She gave uppo hifli, gottei> by her fleight 
And'earneft fearch, where it >yas kept in ftore 
In Joves eternal Jioufe, unwid of wight, 
Since hie hiiiifclf it us'd in that great fight 
Againft the TitanSj that whylome rebelled 
Gainft higheft heaven ; Chryfacr it was hight j 
Cbryfaor^ that all other (words excelled. 
Well pr<>y 'd in th^tfame day , when^w^fhofeGiants quelPd- 

" X. • 

for of moft perfcft mepl it was made, 
Tcrnpfcd wj4;h adamant amoqgft the fame, 
And g^njiht all with gold upon the blade 
In goodly wife, whereof it took his name, 
And was of no jcfs vertfle, than of fame. 
For there oo fubftance was fo firm and hard, 
But it would pierce pr cleave whercfo if came-, 
Ne any armour'could his dint out-ward, 

gut whcrefoever it did light, it. throughly ftiaT*d* 


Now whftn the World with fin *gan to abound^ 
Jfiraa loathing longer here to /pace 
Mongft wicked men, in whom no truth ihe fouti4^ 
Returned to heaven, whence ihe deriv'd h«r race \ 
Where (he hath now an everlafting place, 
Mongft thofe twelve (igns^ which nightly we do fe|S 
The heavens bright- fhining baudrike to enchaee \ 
And is the Virgin fixth in her degree : 

And next her feff, her righteous trance hanging bt» 


But when^die parted hence, (he left her gfootn 
An iron man, which did on her attend 
Alwajrs to execute her ftedfaft doom^ 
And willed him with Artbtgal to wend» 
And do whatever thing he did ihcend« 
His name was 9W«j, made of iron ^nould^ 
Immoveable, re(i(tlefs, without er.d ; 
Who in his hand, an iron flail did hold» 

With which he tbrelht out falfhood, and did truth UAfoklf ' 


He now went with him in this new inqueil^ * * • I 
Him for to aid, if aid he chanc'd to need, 
AgainO: that cruel tyrant, which oppreft 
The fair Irtna with his foul mifdeed. 
And kept the crown in which (he (hould fucceed. 
And now together on their way they bin^ 
Whenas they faw a Squire in fquallid weed. 
Lamenting fore his forrowful (ad tine. 

With many bitter tears (hed from his blubbred eyn, 


To whom as they approached, they efpide 
A forry (ight as ever fecn with eye \ 
An headlefs Lady lying him be(ide. 
In her own blood all wallowed woefully, 
That her gay clothes did in difcolour dye. 
Much was he moved at that rueful fight; 
And flam'd with zeal of vengeance inwardly. 
He askt who had that Dame fo fouly dight \ 

Or whither his own hand, or whether other wight ? 


i£6 .rtt£ I^AIRY Q^UEEN. Book V. 


Ah ! woe is me^ and weal-away, quoth he, 
Burfting forth tears like fprings out of a bank. 
That ever I this diftnal day did fee : 
Full far was I from thinking fuch a prank ; ] 

Yet little lofs it were^ and mickle thank, 
Jf I fiiould grant that I have doen the fame, 
That I mote drink the cup, whereof ihe drank i 
But that I (hould die guilty of the blame. 

The which another did, who now is fled with (hame^ 


Who wa$ it then, faid Artbegal that wrought f 
And why ? do it declare unto me true. 
A Knight, faid he, if Knight he may be thought^ 
That did hi& hand in Ladies blood embrew, 
,And for no caufe, but as I (hall you fhew. 
This day as i in folace fate hereby 
With a fair Love, whofe lofs I now do rew. 
There came this Knight, having in company 

This lucklefs Lady, which now here doth headlefs lie. . 


He whether oiine feem'd fairer in bis eye. 
Or that he wexed weary of his own. 
Would change with me ; but I did it deny : 
So did the Ladies bosh as may be known. 
But he whofe fpirit was with pride up- blown. 
Would not fo reft contented with his right. 
But having from his courfer her down-thrown. 
From me reft mine away by lawlefs might. 

And on his fteed her fet, to bear her out of fight* 


Which when Ws Lady faw, fhe followed faft. 
And on him catching hold, 'gan loud to cry 
Not fo to leave her, nor away to caft. 
But rather of his hand befought to die. 
With that his fword he drew all wrathfuliy. 
And at one ftroke cropt ofl^ her head with fcom. 
In that fame pUce, whereas it now doth lic« 
So he my Love away with liim hath borne. 

And left me here, both his and mine own Love to inoiira» 

Ctntol. THE FAtRY QUEEM, iCf: 


Aread faid he^ which way then did he make ? 
And by what marks may he be known again t 
To hope, quoth he, him foon to overtake^ 
That hence fo long departed, is but vain : 
But yet he pricked over yonder plain ; 
And as I marked, bore upon his ihieldi 
By which it^s eafy him to know again^ 
A broken fword within a bloody field ; 

Exprefling well his nature which the fame did wield* 


No fooner faid, but ftraight he after fenc 
His iron page, Who him purfu'd fo light, 
As that it feem'd above the ground he went : 
For he was fwift as fwallow in her flight. 
And ftrong as Lion in his lordly might; 
It was not longi before he overtook 
Sir Sanglier \ (fo cleeped was that Knight) 
Whom at the firft he guefled by his look. 

And by the other marks^ which of his fhield he todki 


He bade him ftay, and back with him i'etire i 
Who full of fcorn to be commanded fo^ 
The Lady to alight did eft require^ 
Whilft he reformed that uncivil foe t 
And ftraight at him with all his force dici go. 
Who mov'd no more therewith, than when a rocll 
Is lightly ftriken with fome ftonfo throw \ 
But to him leaping lent him fuch a knock. 

That on the ground he laid him like a fenfclefs blocks 


But ere he could himielf recoure again^ 
Him in his iron paw he feised had i 
That whei^ he wak*d out of his warelefs piin^ 
Ke found himfelf unwift fo ill beftad. 
That limb he CQukl not wag^ Thente he him lad;^ 
Bound like a beaft appointed to the ftali : 
The ^ht whereof the Lady fore adrad, 
And fain'd to fly for fear of being thrall \ 

But he her quickly ftaid> and forc'd to wend witbgU^ 

L 4 



When to the place they came, M^hcrc Attbegall • 
By that fame carei^al Squire did them abide, 
He gently *gan him to demand of all 
That did betwixt him and that Squire betide. 
Who with ftern countenance and itidignant pride 
Did anfwer, that of all he guiklefs ftood, 
And hi» accufer thereupon de6de : 
For neither he did flied that Ladies blood, 
Kor took away his Love, but his own proper good. 

Well did the Squire perceive himfelf too weak^ 
To anfwer his deBance in the Beld, 
And rather chofe his challenge oiF to break. 
Than to approve his right with fpear and (hiekl« 
And rather guilty chofe himfelf to yield. 
But Arthegal by figns perceiying pkin, 
That he it was not which that Lady kilFd, 
But that ftrange Knight, the fairer Love to gain. 
Did caft about by Height the truth thereout to drain. 

And faid^ now fvnre this doubtful caufes right 
Can hardly but by iacr^nent be tride. 
Or elfc by ordcJc, or by bloody fight \ 
That ill perhaps moce rail so either fide. 
But if ye pleafe that I your eaufe decide. 
Perhaps I may aU further quarrel end, 
So ye will fwear my judgement so abide. 
Thereto they lK>tbr did .frankly condefcend. 
And to bis doom with liftful ears did both attend. 

Sith then, faid he^ ye both the dead dtn% 
And both the living Lady claim your right. 
Let both the dead and living equally 
Divided be betwixt you here in fight, 
Akul each of either take his fhare aright. 
But look who does diflcnt from this my read. 
He for a twehre months day fliall in defpight 
Bear for bis penance that fame Ladies head ; 
To witnefs to th^ worlds that Ihe by him his deadv 

Ctntol. THE FAIRY QOEEN. i€^ 



WeH pkafed with that doom was Sangkere^ 
And offred ftraight the Lady to be flain. 

But that fame Squire, to whom Ihe was more dear^ 
Whenas he faw Ihe (hould be cut in twain, 
Did yield, fhe rather fhould with him remain 
Alive than to himfeif be (hared dead ; 
And rather than his Love (hould fuifer pain. 
He chofe with ihame to bear that Ladies head. 
True love defpifeth fhame, when life is call'd in dread. 

Whom when fo willing Artbegal perceivM ; 
Not io thou Squire, he faid, but thine I deem 
The living Lady, which from thee he reav'd : 
For worthy thou of her doft rightly feem. 
And you. Sir Knight, that Love fo light efteem. 
As that ye would for little leave the fame, 
Take here your own that doth you beft befcem. 
And with it bear the burden of defame ; 

Tour own dead Ladies head, to tell abroad your (han)e« 


But SangUere difdained much his doom. 
And fternly 'gan repine at his behcaft ; 
Ne would for ought obey, as did become. 
To bear that Ladies head before his bread:. 
Untill that Talus had his pride rcpreft. 
And forced him, maulgre, it up to rear. 
Who when he faw it bootlefs to refift. 
He took it up, and thence with him did bear^ 

As rated Spaniel takes his burden up for fear. 


Much did that Squire Sir Artbegal adore. 
For his great juftice held in high regard ; 

. And (as his fquire) him offred evermore 
To ferve, for want of other meet reward. 
And wend with him on his adventure hard. 
But he thereto would by no means confent v 
But leaving him, forth on his journey far*d: • 
Ne wight with him but only Talus went ; 

They two enough t*cncountcr an whole regimcnl. 

lyo . THE FAPRY <^UPE^J. Book V. 

' • ' ' 

C A N T 6 II. 


Arthegal bears of Florimell } 
Does with the Pagan fight : 

Him jlaysy drowns Lady Muneraf 
Does rafe her cajlle quigbt^ 


Nought is more honourable to a Knight, 
Nc better doth befeem brave chevalry. 
Than to defend the feeble in their right. 
And wrong redrefs in fuch as wend awry. 
Whylomc thofe great Heroes got thereby 
Their greateft glory, for their rightful deeds> 
And place deferved with the Gods on high. 
Herein the noblefs of this Knight exceeds, 
Who now to perils great for juftice fake proceeds% 

To which as he now was upon the way^ 

He chanc*d to meet a Dwarf in hafty courie i 
Whom he required his forward hafte to (lay. 
Till he of tidings mote with him difcourfc. 
Loth was the Dwarf, yet did he ftay perforce. 
And 'gan of fundry news his (lore to tell. 
As to his memory they had recourfe : 
But chiefly of the faireft Florimelly 

How (he was found again, and fpous'd to MarinelL 


For this was Dotrf^ FlorimeUs own Dwarf ; 

Whom having lod (as ye have beard whylcar) 
And finding in the way the fcattred ficarf, 
The fortune of her life long time did fear. 
But of her health when Arthegal did hear. 
And fafe return, he was full inly glad ; 
And aikc him where, and when her bridal chear 
Should be Iblemnis'd : for if time he had. 

He would be there, . and honour to her Ipoufal add* 


eatttoll. THE FAIRY QUEEN; 171 


Within, three days, quoth he, as I do hear. 
It will be at the caftle of the Strond-^ 
What time, if nought me let, I will be there 
To do her fervice, 16 as I am bond. 
But in my way a little here beyond, 
A curfed cruel Sarazin doth wonne. 
That keeps a bridges palTage by ilrong hond, 
And many errant Knights hath there fordone ; 

That makes all men for tear that pafiage for to ihone. 


What mifter wight, quoth he, and how far hence 
Is he that doth to travellers fuch harms ? 
He is iaid he, a man of great defence ; 
Expert in battle and in deeds of arms ; 
And more emboldened by the wicked charms^ 
With which his daughter doth him ftill fupport ; 
Having great lordfhips got and goodly farms. 
Through ftrong oppreffion of his powre extort ; 

By which he ftill them holds, and keeps with ftrong effort. 


And daily he his wrongs encreafeth more : 
For never wight he lets to pafs that way. 
Over his bridge, albe he rich or poor. 
But he him makes his pafTage-penny pay : 
Elfc he doth hold him back, or beat away. 
Thereto he hath a groom of evil guize, 
WTiofe fcalp is bare, that bondage doth be^ay. 
Which polls and pills the poor in piteous wife ; 

But he himfelf upon the rich doth tyrannize. 


His name is hight PolIeiUe^ rightly fo 
For that he is fo puiflant and ftrong. 
That with bis powre he all doth overgo. 
And makes them fubjefb to his mighty wrong v 
And fome by fleight he eke doth underfong. 
For on a bridge he cuftomcth to Bght, 
Which is but narrow, but exceeding long ; 
And in the fame are many trap-falls pigbt. 

Through which the rider down doth fal 1 through overfight. 



And underneath the fame a river flows. 

That is both fwift and dangerous deep withati i 
Into the which whothfo be overthrows. 
All deftitute of help doth headlonp^ fail : 
But he himfelf through praftice umal, 
I^aps forth into the flood, and there aflays 
His foe, confufed through his fudden fall. 
That horie and man he equally difmays. 

And either both them drowns, or traiteroufly Ilays^ 


Then doth he take the fpoil of them at will. 

And to his daughter brings, that dwells thereby t 
Who all that comes doth take, and thereMnth fill 
The coffers of her wicked treafury. 
Which Ihe with wrongs hath heaped up fo high^ 
That many Princes (he in wealth exceeds. 
And purchail all the country lying nigh 
With the revenue of her plenteous meeds ; 

Her name is Munera^ agreeing with her deeds. 


Thereto (he is full fair, and rich attired. 
With golden hands and filver feet befide. 
That many Lords have her to wife defir'd : 
But fhe them all defpifeth for great pride. 
Now by my life, faid he, and God to guide. 
None other way will I this day betake, 
But by that bridge whereas he doth abide : 
Therefore me thither lead. No more he fpake. 

But thitherward forthright his ready way did make* 


Unto the place he came within a while, 
Whereon the bridge he ready armed faw 
The Sarazin; awaiting for fomo fpoil. 
Who as they to the paflTage *gan to draw, 
A villain to them came with fkuU all raw. 
That paflTage-money did of them require. 
According to the cuftom of their law. 
To whom he anfwerd wroth, lo, ther6 thy hii?ej 

Attd with that word him fl:rook, that ftraight hcdid expire. . 

oaton. thefaihtiqueen: in 

Which when the Pagan faw he weicd wrotH, 
And jftfaight faimfeif unto the fight addrcft $ 
Ne was Sir Jrthegal behind : fo both ' 
Together raa with ready fpears in reft. ' 
Right in the nriidft, whereas they breaft to breoft 
Should meetf a trap was letten down to fall 
Into the fl6od : ftraight leapt the Carle unbkfl^ 
Well weening .that his foe was fain withall : 

But^be was wdi aware> and leapt before his fall. 


There being both together in the floods" 
They each at other tyrannoufly flew ; 
Ne ought the water cooled their hot bloody 
But tWiCt in them kindled chtier new. ' • 
fiut there the Paynim, who that ufe well knew 
To fight in water, grew advantage had, 
That oftentimes him nigh he overthrew : 
And eke the courfer, whereupon he rad. 

Could fwim like to a fiih, whiles he his back beftrad. 


Which odds whenAs Sir Artbegat t(^\At^ 
He faw no way^ but clofe with him in hade i 
And to him driving (Ifongly down the tide, ' 
Upon his iron collar griped faft. 
That with the ftraint, his wefand pigh he braft. 
There they together ftrove and ftrugled long. 
Either the other fronh his fteed to call, 
Ne ever Arthegal his griple ftrong 

For any thing would flack, but ftill upon him hong. 


As when a Dolphin and a Sele are met. 
In the wide champaign of the ocean plain. 
With cruel chaufe their courages they whet, 
The mafterdom of each by force to gain. 
And dreadful battle *twixt them do darrain : 
They fnuf,they fnort,they bounce, they rage', they rore. 
That all the Sea fdifturbed with their train) 
Doth fry with fome above the furges hore : 

Si|ch wa^ betwixt thcfe two the troyblefome uprore. 


So Artbegdl at kngth himlforc'd farfak« : 

His hQiibs back, for dread of being drown^dt 

And to bis handy fwiming him betake. 

Eftfoons himfelf he frooi bis bold unbound^ 

And then no odds at all in him he found : 

For Jribegal in fwimming fldlful was, 

And durft the depth of any water, found. 

So ought each Knight, that ufe of peril has, 
In fwin^ijng be expert, through vfzt^s^ fottx to pa6« 

Then very doubtful was the wars event. 
Uncertain whether had the better fide t 
For both were ikill'd in that experiment^ • 
And both in arms well trained and thnoughly trlde^ 
But ^tbegal was better breath'd befide. 
And towards th'end, grew greater in his might, 
That his faint foe no longer could abide 
His puiflance, ne bear himfelf upright. 

But from the water to the land betook bis .fl'^ht^ 


But Arthegd purfuM him ftill fo near. 
With bright Chryfaor in bis cruel hand. 
That as his head he *gan a little rear 
Above the bVink, to tnead upon the land. 
He (mote it off, that tumbling on the ftrand. 
It bit the earth for.viery fell defpight. 
And gnafhed with liis teeth^ as if be band 
High God, whofe goodnefs he defpaired quight. 

Or purfl: the hand which did that vengeance on him dightt 


His corps was carried down along the Jee, 
Whofe waters with his filthy blood it ftain'd t 
But hi$ blafphemous head, that all might fee. 
He pitcht upon a pole on high ordain'd ; 
Where many years it afterwards remain'id. 
To be a mirrour to all mighty men. 
In whofe right hands great power is contained. 
That none of them the feeble over-ren. 

But always do their powre within juft cpmpafs pen. 

Canio IL T H E F AI R Y Q.U E EN. 175 

That done, unto the caftle he did wen*d. 
In which the Paynims daughter did abide. 
Guarded of many which did her defend : 
Of whom he entrance fought, but was denide,' 
And with reproachful blafphemy defide. 
Beaten with fbnes down from the battlement. 
That he was forced to withdraw afide ^ 
And bade his fervant ^alus to invent 

Whkh way he. enter might without endangerment^ 


Eftfoons hif Page drew to the caftle gate. 
And with his iron flail at it let fly. 
That all the Warders it did fore amate. 
The which ere while fpake fo reproachfully. 
And made them ftobp, that looked earft fo high. 
Yet dill he beat, and bounft upon the dore. 
And thundred ftrbkes thereon fo hideoufly. 
That all the piece be (haked from the flore, 

And ^Ued all the houie with fear and great uprote* 


With noife whereof, the Lady forth appeared 
Upon the caftle wall : and when (he faw 
The dangerous ftate in which fhe ftood, fhe fear'd 
The fad efFeft of her near overthrow ; 
And 'gan intreat that iron man below. 
To ceafe his outrage, and him fair befought, 
Sith neither force of ftones which they did throw. 
Nor powre of charms, which ihe againft him wrought. 

Might otberwife prevail, or make him ceafe for ought* 


3ut whenas yet fhe faw him to proceed, 

Unmov'd with prayers, or with piteous thought. 

She meant him to corrupt with goodly meed j 

And caus'd great facks, with endlefs riches fraught. 

Unto the battlement to be upbrought. 

And poured forth over the caftle wall. 

That (he might win fome time (though dearly bought) 

Whilft he to gathering of the gold did fall. 

guf he was nothing mov'd nor tempted therewithal!. . 



^ut ftill contiaU'd hii afl^ulc the mcdne. 
And laid on load with his huge iron flail. 
That at the length he has yrcnt the dore. 
And ttade way for his mafter to aflail. 
Who being entred» nought did then avail 
For yrighty againft his powre themfelves to rear : 
Each one did fly ; their hearts b^an to fail. 
And hid themfelvea in corners here and there $ 

And eke their Dame half dead» did hide her fi^lf for fear. 


Long they her fought, yet no where could they find her^ 
That fure they >vccdM ihc was efcapt away : 
But Talus^ that could like a lime-hound wind her^ 
And a)i things fecret wifely could bewray. 
At length found out whereas ihe hidden lay 
Under an heap of gold. Thence he her drew 
By the fair locks, and foully did array, 
Withqutcn pity of goodly hue, 

Th^t'jA^iberal hioifcif her feemlds plight did rue. 


Yet for n6 pity woiild he change* the courfe 
Of Juftice, which in Talus hand did lie ; 
Who rudely hall'd her forth without remorlc. 
Still holding up her fuppiiant hands on high 
And kneeling at his feet luboiiiTively. 
But h^ fuppiiant hands, thofe hands of gold. 
And eke her feet, thofe feet of filver try 

.' (Which fought unrighteoufnefs, and juftice fold) 

Chopt off, and naild on high, that ail might them behold. 


Her felf then took he by the flender waift, 
Ia:yain loud crying, and into the flood 
Over the caftle wall adown her caft, 

,• And there her drowned in the dirty mud : 
But the ftre^m waflit away her guilty blood. 
Thereafter ail that mucky pelf he took, 

' The'fpoil faf peoples evil gotten good. 

The which her fire had fcrapt by hook and crook, 

Anfl burning all to afhes; pour'd it down the brook. 


And lafily, all that caftk quite he ras'd^ 
Even from the ible of his foundation. 
And all the hewen ftones thereof defac'd. 
That there mote be no hope of reparation, 
Nor memory thereof to any nation. 
All which when Tatus^ throughly had performed. 
Sir Artbegal undid the evil fafhion. 
And wicked cuftoms of that bridge reformed. 
Which done, unto his former journey he returned. 

In which they meafur'd mickle weary way, 
Till that at length nigh to the fea they drew ; 
By which as they did travel on a day. 
They faw before them, far as they could view. 
Full many people gathered in a crew *, 
Whole great alTembly they did much admire. 
For never there the like refort they knew. 
So towards them they coafted, to enquire 
What thing ib many nations met, did there defire. 

There they beheld a mighty Giant flrand 
Upon a rock, and holding forth on high 
An huge great pair of ballance in his hand. 
With which he boafled in his furquedry, 
. That all the world he would weigh equally. 
If ought he had the fame to counterpoys. 
For want whereof, he weighed vanity. 
And fiird his ballance full of idle toys : 
Yet -was admired much of fools, women, and boys. 

He faid that he would all the earth upuke. 
And all the fea divided each from either : 
So would he of the fire one ballance make. 
And one of th* air, without or wind, or weather : 
Then would he ballance heaven and hell together, 
Andall that did within them all contain ; 
Of ip^ji whofe weight he would not mifs a feather. 
And look wbaC furplus did of each remain. 
He would CQ. his ^wn part reftore the fame again. 

vot. a M 

. » a 8 T H JE FA I Rl Y QU p E Jff . . Book V. 


For why, he faid| they all unequal were^ * . , 
And had encroached upon others (hure; ^ 

Like as the fea (which plain he (hewed there) 
Had worne the earth : fo did the 6re the airs . ^ 
So all the reft did others parts, empair. 
And fo were realms and najtioos r^n aw/y. 
All which he undertook for" to repair, . ^ 

In fort as they were formed aociently ; 

And all things would reduce u^to equality:. . . ' 

^ . • xxxm. 

Therefore the viftlg^ did aboqc him flocks . 
And clufter thick untp his leafiogs vain » 
Like foolilh Sies about an honey^crock, . 
In hope by him great benefit to gaiAt . 

. And uncontrolled freedom to obtain. 
All which, when Artbegd did fee ajid he^r,. 
How he mided tbefimple peoples train. 
In *fdeignful wife he drew unto him near. 

And thus unto him fpake, without regard or fear. 


Thou that prefum'ft to weigh the world anew. 
And all things to an equal to jreftore, 
Inftead of right, me feems great wrong doll fiiew. 
And far above thy forces pitch to foare. 
For ere thou limit what is lefs or more 
In every thing, thou oughteft firft to know. 
What was the poife of every part of yore : 
And look then how ipuch it doth overflow. 

Or fail thereof, fo much is more thanjull I trow. . . 


For at the firft, they all created were 

In goodly meafure, by their makers might •, 
And weighed out in b^llaaccs fo near, . 
That not ^ dram was miffing of their right. 
^ The earth wa$ in the middle centre pightr 
In which it doth immoveable abide, 
Hcmd in with wafers, . likp, a, .wail in .fight : . ^ 
And they with air, that ngtA-dropcanfiide: 

All which ci(^he<^v€:n9aintAift^diathdrcoujietguide. 

« « 



Such heavenly jiiftitt doch among them itrgn. 
That every one do know ciitfir certain bound. 
In which they do thefe many yearar remain ; 
And mongft them ail no change hath yet been found. 
But if thou now fhould*ft weigh them new in pound. 
We are not fure they would fo long remain : 
AH change is perilous, dnd all chance unfoond< 
Therefore leave off to weigh them all again, 

Tillnire may be alTur'd xhey (hall their courfc retain. 


Thou foolifh Elf faid then the Giant wroth, 
Seeft not how badly all chines prelent be. 
And each efiate quite out of order go^h t 
The fea it felf doft thou not plainly fee 
Encroach upon the land there under thee i 
And th' earth it feif how daily it*$ increaft. 
By all chat dying to it turned be ? 
Were it not good that wrung were then furceaft, 

And from the mod, that fome were given to the leaft. 


Therefore I will throw down thofe mountains high. 
And make them level with the lowly plain : 
l*hefe towring rocks, which reach unto the fky, 
I will thruft down into the deeped main. 
And as they Were, them equalize again. 
Tyrants that make men fubjedt to their law, 
I will fupprefs, that they no more may reign ; 
And Lordings curb, that commons over-awe \ 

And all the wealth of rich men, to the poor will draw. 


Of things unfeen how canft thou deem aright. 
Then anfwered the righteous Arthegtdf 
Sith thou mifdeem'ft fo much of things in light } 
What though the fea with waves continual 
Do eat the earth, it is r>0 more at all : 
Ke is the earth the Icfs, or lofeth ought ; 
For whatfo^PBcr from one place doth fall, 
Is wuh the tide unto another brought : 

Fm. th^ci is o^ihsng loft, that may be founds if foughi^ 




Likewife the earth is not augmented more. 
By all that dying into it do fade. 
For of the earth they formed were of yore ; 

.' However gay their bloflfom or their blade 
Do flourifh now, they into duft fhall vade. 
What wrong then is it, if that when they die, i 
They turn to that whereof they firft were made ? 
All in the powre of their great maker lie : 

All creatures muft obey the voice of the moft High. ' 


They live, they die, like as he doth ordain, 
Ne ever any afketh reafon why. 
The hills do not the lowly dales difdain ; 
The dales do not the lofty hills envy. 
He maketh Kings to fit in foverainty ; 
He maketh fubjefts to their powre obey ; 
He pulleth down, he fetteth up on high. 
He gives to this, from that he takes away ; 

Fo)" all we have is his : what he lift do, he may. 


Whatever thing is done, by him is done, 
Ne any may his mighty will withftand ; 
Ne any may his foveraine power fhun, 
Ne loofe that he hath bound with ftedfaft band. 
In vain therefore doft thou now take in hand. 
To call to count, or weigh his works anew^ 
Whofe counfcls depth thou canft not underftand, . 
Sith of things fubjc<ft to thy daily view 

Thou doft not know the caufes,- nor their courfcs due. 


For take thy ballanfce (if thou be fo wifej . 

And weigh the wind that under heaven doth blow ; 
Or weigh the light, that in the £qfi doth rife 
Or weigh the thpughc^thatfrom mans mind doth flow : 
But if the weight of thek^thpu canft not fliuw. 
Weigh but one word which from thy lips doth fall. 
For how canft thou thole greater fecrets know. 
That doft not know ihe Itaft .thing- of thcm-all ? 

IIJ can he rule the great, th*t caoiioc r«ach the /mail. ^ 

Canto H. THE FAIRY Q^UEEN. x8r 


Therewith the Giant much abalhed faid. 

That he of little things made reckoning h'ght; 
Yet the leaft word that ever could be laid 
Within his ballance, he could weigh aright. 
Which is, faid he, more heavy than in weight. 
The right or wrong, the falfe or elfe the true ? 
He anfwered, that he would try it ftraight. 
So he the words into his ballance threw : 

But ftraight the winged words out of the ballance flew. 


Wroth wext he then, and faid that words were light, 
Ne would within his ballance well abide. 
But he could juftly weigh the wrong or right. 
Well then, faid Arthegd^ let it be tride. 
Firft in one ballance fet the true afide. 
He did fo firft, and then the falfe he laid 
In rh* other fcale ; but ftill it down did Aide, 
And by no means could in the weight be ftaid. 

For by no means the falfe willwith the truth be wcighd; 


Now take the right likewife, faid ArthegaU 

And counterpcife the fame with fo much wrong. 
So (kft the right he put into one fcale \ 
And then the Giant ftrove with puiflance ftrong 
To fill the other fcale with fo much wrong. 
But all the wrongs that he therein could lay. 
Might not it peife *. yet did he labour long. 
And fwate, and chauft, and proved every way : 

Yet ail the wrongs could not a little right down lay. 


Which when he faw, he greatly grew in rage. 
And almoft would his ballances have broken : 
But Artbegdl him fairly 'gan affliage. 
And faid i be -not upon thy ballance wroken : 
For they do nought but right or wrong betoken \ 
But IB the mind the doom of right muft be ; 
And fo likewife of words, the which be fpoken. 
The ear muft be the ballance, to decree 

And judge, whether with truth or falftiood they agree. 

M 3 

i82 THE FAIRY <5UEEN. Book V; 


But fct the truth, ftnd fee the right afide 

(For ihcy with wrong or falfhood will not fare) 
And put two wrongs together to be tride^ 
Or elle two falfes, of each equal (hare ; 
And then together do them both compare ; 
For truth is one, and right is ever one. 
So did he, arid then plain it did appear. 
Whether of them the greater were attone* 

But right fate in the middell of the beam alone. 


But he the right from thence did thruft away. 
For it was not the nght which he did feek % 
But rather ftrove extremities to weigh, 
Th'one to diminifli, th* other for to eke. 
For of the n)ean he greatly did mideek. 
Whom when fo lewdly- minded Talus found. 
Approaching nigh unto him cheek by cheek. 
He (houlder d him from oflF the higher ground. 

And down the rock him throwing,in the fea him drowned. 

Like as a Ship, whom cruel tempeft drives 
Upon a rock with horrible difmay. 
Her fhatter^d ribs in thou(and pieces rives. 
And fpoiling all her gears and goodly ray. 
Docs make her felf misfortunes piteous prey: 
So down the cliff the wretched Giant tumbled ; 
His battred ballances in pieces lay. 
His timber'd bones all broken rudely rumbled : 

So was the high-afpyring with huge ruin bumbled. 


That when the people, which had thereabout 
I^ong waited, faw his fudden defolation. 
They *gan to gather in tumultuous rout. 
And mutining, to ftir up civil faAion, 
For certain lofs of fo great expcftation. 
For well they hoped to have got great good^ 
And wondrous riches by his innovation. 
Therefore refolving to revenge his blood, . 

They rofc in arms, and all in battle order flood* 



Which Umie& multitude him coming to - 
In warlike wife, when Artbegal did view. 
He much was tnsubledy nt virift ^hit) to do< 
For loth be was his noble hands t'embrue 
In the bafe bipod of fuch.a rafcal crew : 
And otherwife, if that he ihould retire. 
He fear'd lelbvchey with Ibamc would him purfue. 
Therefore he Ttiiks (0 them iebt, t'inquitt 

The caufe of their array, and truce for to defire. 


But foon as they him nigh apprdaohmg fptde. 
They 'gan with all their weapons hdun aflajr, - < 

And rudely ftrook at him oa eve^y. iide :: r . 

Yet nought they could bim hnrCi nt ought difmajt. 
But when at them he with bis fl»il 'gan Jay, . Z 
He like a fwarm of flies them overthrew^ 
Ne any of them duril oome in his way, 
But^ her« and there before htii prefencc flew, 

And liid t^bem/Qlves in boles and buibea from Us view^ ? 


As when a Faulcon heth with nimble ilight 
Flown at a fluih of Ducks, forcby the brook. 
The trembtiog fowl difmay*d with ditadful fighi 
Of death, the which them almofl: over- took. 
Do hide themfdves from her allonying look, 
Amoagil the flags and covert round about. 
When Talus faw they all the held forfook. 
And none appeared of all that rafcal rout. 

To Jribq^cU he turn*d, and went with him throughout. 

U 4 

it^ T H £ FAIRY QtJ EE N. Book V. 



The Jpcujdls of fair Florimcl, 
Where turney manjf Knights: 

There Braggadochio is uncased 
In all the Ladies fights. 


After long ftorms and tempefts over-blown. 
The Sun at length his joyous face<loch clear: 
So wbenas fortune all her fpight hath fliown, 
«$utne.blifsful hours at laft muft needs appear ; 
Elfe ihould afflicted wights ofttimes defpair. 
So comes it now to Flerime^ by tourn. 
After long forrows fuffered whylear. 
In which captiv*d (he many months did mourn* . 

To tafte of joy, and to wont pleafures to retourn. 


Who being freed from Proteus cruel band 
By MarineU was unto him aflide, 
Apd by him brought again to Fairy land; 
"Where he her fpous'd, and made his joyous bride. 
The time and place was blazed far and wide ; 
And folemn feafts and giufts ordainM therefore. 
To which there did rcfort from every fide 
Of Lords and Ladies infinite great ilore ; 

Ne any Knight was ab/ent that brave courage bore. 


To tell the glory of the feaft that day, 
The goodly fervice, the deviceful fights. 
The Bridegrooms ftate, the Bride*s moft rich aray, 
The pride of Ladies, and the worth of Knights, 
The royal banquets, and the rare delights,. 
Were work fit for an Heralld, not for me : 
But for fo much as to rtiy lot here lights. 
That with this prcfent treatife doth agree. 

True vcrtue to advance, (hall here recounted be. 

Canto in. THE FAIRY QUEEN, 185 


When all men had with full fatiety 

Of meats and drinks their appetites fuffiz'd. 

To deeds of arms and proof of chevalrie 

They 'gan themfelvcs addrefs, full rich aguiz*d» 

As each one bad his furnitures devizM. 

And firft of all iflu'd Sir MarineU, 

And with him fix Knights more, which enterpriz'd 

To challenge all in right of Fldrimellj 

And to maintain that ihe all others did excelL 


The firft of ihem was hight Sir Orimont^ 
A noble Knight, and tride in hard allays : 
The fecond had to name Sir BelUfom^ 
But fecond unto none in prowefs praife ; 
The third was Brun^Ij famous in his days ; 
The fouTth Eca/hr^ of exceeding might; 
The fifth Jrmeddany skiird in lovely lays ; 
The fixth was Lanfackj a redoubted Knight : 

All fix well leen in arms, and prov'd in many a fight. 


And them agjunft came all chat lift to giuft. 
From every coaft, and country under fun : 
None was debarM, but all had leave that luft. 
The trumpets found ; then all together run. 
Full many deeds of arms that day were done. 
And many Knights unhorft, and many wounded^ 
As fortune fell ; yet little loft or won : 
But all that day the greateft praife redounded 

To Marinell^ whofe name the Heralds loud refounded* 


The fecond day, fo foon as morrow light 
AppcarM in heaven into the field they came. 
And there all day continued cruel fight. 
With diverfe fortune fit for fuch a game. 
In which ail ftrove with peril to win fame. 
Yet whether fide was viftor, n*ote be gueft : 
But at the laft^ the trumpets did proclaim 
That Marinell that day" deferved beft. 

So they difparted were, and all men v?cnt to rett. 



The third day camc^ that fliould dufe 'tfia! knd , 
Of all the rclft and then this warlike crew 
Together met, of all to make an eod» 
There Marinett great dced$ of arms d^ Qx^ ; 
And through the thickcft like a Lyon flew, ^ 

Rafhing off helms, and I'iving plates iafaoder» 
That every one his dat^r d^ efchew* 
So terribly his dreadful ftrokes did thunder^ 

That all men ftood amaz'd, and at fais mig^t did woadek 

But what on earth can always happy ftand f 
The greateft prowe& greater perils find* 
So far he pad among^.his enemies band. 
That they have him endofed fo behind^ 
As by no means he can himfelf out- wind. 
And now perforce they have him prilbncr taken i 
And now they do with captive bands him bind ^ 
And now they lead him thence of all forfaken, 

UAlefs fome fuccQur had in time him overtaken. 


It fortun'd whilft they were thus ill beiet. 
Sir Arthigal into the tilt-yard came. 
With Braggadocbio^ whom he laccly met 
Upon the way, wijth that his fnowy Dame. 
Where when he underftood by common fame. 
What evil hap to Marinell betid. 
He much was mov'd at fo unworthy ihame. 
And ftraight that boafter pray'd, with whom he rid. 

To change bis Ihield with him, to be the better bid. 


So forth he went, iand foon them ovcr-hcnt. 
Where they were leading Marinell away. 
Whom he aflTaird wich dreadlefs hardinient. 
And forc*d the burden of their prize to ftay. 
They were an hundred Knights of that array j 
Of which th'one half upon himfelf did fet. 
The other ftaid behind to guard the prey. 
But he ere long the former fifty bet j 

And froid the ocher fifty^ foon the prifoner fet. 



So back he brought Sir ik&n^iif away, ; 
Whom having quickly arm'd again anew. 
They both, togcriier joined ovighi and mnia^ 
To fet afrefli on all the other crew. 
Whom with fore havock foon they overthrew^ 
And chafed quite out of the field, that none 
Againft them durft his head to peril (hew« 
So were they lefc Lords of the field alone : 

So Marinell by him. was refcu'd from his fooc* 

xm. . 

Which when he bad perform 'd. ; thisn baek igam 
To Brajfgad^cbio did his lltield reftore : • 
Who all this while behind him did remain^ 
Keeping there clofe with him in precious flore 
That his falfe I^dy, as ye heard afore. 
Then did the trumpets founds end judges rafc» 
And all thefe Knights> which that day armour bore. 
Came to the open hall, to liften whofe 

The honour pf the prize ihould be adjudg'd by thofe^^^ 


And thither alfo came in open fight 
Fair Fhrimell into the common ball. 
To greet his guerdon unto every Knight» . 
And beft to him, to whom the bell ihould fall. 
Then forthat ftranger Knight they loud did call. 
To whon> that day chey ihould the girlond yield ; 
Who came npt forth : but ^or Sir Arthegall 
Came Braggadochio^ and did fhew his ihield^ 

Which bore th? fun, broad blazed in a golden field* 

The iight whereof did atl with gladnefs fill : 
So unto him they did addeem the prize 
Of all that triumph. Then the trumpets (brill 
Don Braggadochio's name re founded thrife : 
So courage lent a cloak to cowardife. 
And then to him came faircft Fhrimell^ 
And goodly *gan to greet his brave emprife. 
And thoufand thanks him yield, that had fo well 

Approved that day, th^t ihe ^11 otl^rs did excelL 


i88 THE FAIRY QUfiEN. BookV; 


To whcrtn the boaftcr, that all Knights did blot. 
With proud difdain did fcornful anfwer make; 
That what he did that day, he did it not 
For her, but for his own dear Ladies fake } 
Whom on his peri! he did undertake. 
Both her, and eke all others to excell.: 
And further did uncomely fpeeches crake. 
Much did his words the gentle Lady quell. 

And turn'd afide fgr fhame to hear what he did tell. 


Then forth he brought his fnowy Florimelt, 
Whom Trompart had in keeping there befide, 
Covered from peoples gazement with a veil. 
Whom when difcovcr*d they had throughly cy*d. 
With great amazement they were ftupifidc ; 
And faid that furely FlorimeU it was, 
Or if it were not Florimell fo tride. 
That Florimefl her fclf (he then did pafs. 

So feeble skill of perfeft things the vulgar has. 


Which whenas Marinel beheld likewife. 
He ivas therewith exceedingly difmaid ; 
Ne wift he what to think, or to dev'ife : 
But like as one, whom Fiends had made affiraid. 
He long aftoniflit ftood: ne ought ht faid, 
Ne ought he did, but with faft fixed eyes 
He gazed ftill upon that fnowy maid : * 
Whom ever as he did the more avize. 

The more to be true Florimell he did furmize. 


As when two funs appear in th*azure sky. 
Mounted in Pbabus charet firy bright ; 
Both darting /orth fair beams to each mans eye. 
And both adorned with lamps of flaming light. 
All that behold fo ftrange prodigious fight, 
Not knowing natures work, nor what to ween. 
Are rapt with wonder, and with rare affright: 
So flood Sir Marinell^ when he had feen 

The femblant of this falfe by his fair beauties Queen. 

Canto m. THE FAIRY QUEEN. 189 


All which, when Attbegal (who all this while 
Stood in the prcafe clofc covered) well had vicw*d. 
And (aw that boafters pride and gracelefs guile. 
He could no longer bear, but forth iffu'd. 
And unto all himfelf there open IhewM : 
And to the boafter faid ; Thou Lofel bale, 
That haft with borrowed plumes thy felf endu*d. 
And others worth with leafings doft deface, 
.When they are all reftor'd, thou Ihalt reft in difgrace« 

That fhield which thou doft bear, was it indeed 
Which this days honour fav*d to Martnell ; 
But not that arm, nor thou the man I read, 
Whioh didft that fervice unto FlorimelL 
For proof, Ibew forth thy fword, and let it tell. 
What ftrokes, what dreadful ftoure it ftird this day : 
Or (hew the wounds which unto thee befell ; 
Or (hew the fweat, with which thou diddeft fway 
So (harp a batde, that fo many did difmay. 

But this the fword, which wrought tho(e cruel ftound% 
And this the arm, the which that (hield did bear. 
And thefe the (igns (fo (hewed forth his wounds) 
By which that glory gotten doth appear. 
As for this Lady which he (heweth here. 
Is not (I wager) Florimeil at all ; 
But fome fair Franion, fie for fuf h a Fere, 
That by misfortune in his hand did fall. 
For proof whereof, he bade them Florimeil forth call. 

So forth the noble Lady was ybroughr, 

Adorned with honour and all comely grace : 
Whereto her bafhful fhamefacMnefs y wrought 
A great increa(e in her fair blulhing face , r 
As Rofes«did with Lillies interlace. 
For of thofe words, tlie which that boafter threw, 
She inly yet conceived great difgrace. 
Whom whenas all Ihe people- fuch did- view, • 
Th^y (houtcd loud, and ligns of gladnefs uU did fhe w. 


Then did he fct bfer by thac ftioii^ One* ■ 
X^ike the tniie Saint befidt the Image fet } 
Of. both cheir beauties to make paragooe. 
And trial, whether Should th^ honour get. 
Straightway fo foon as both together raet^ 
Th' enchanted damzell vaniiht into nought ! 
Her fnowy fubftance melted as with hea(^ 
Ne of that goodly hue rennained ought. 

But th^empty girdle, which about her waift was wrought ^ 


As when the daughter of Tbaumanfes fait'. 
Hath ill a watry cloud difplayed wide 
Her goodly bow, which paints the liquid air. 
That all men wonder at her colours pride \ 
All fuddeniy, ere one can look afide, 

• The glorious pidture vanilheth away^ 
Ne any token doth thereof abide : 
So did his JLadies goodly foi^m decay. 

And into nothing go, ere one could it bewtayi 


^Which whena« all that prefent were beheld> 
They itriken were with great afloniihment ; 
And their faint hearts with fenfelefs horrour quell'd, 
^o fee the thing that feemM fo excellent, 
So ftolen |rpm their fancies wonderment ; 
That what of it became^ none underftood. 
And Brm[ad§cino fclf with dreriment 
So daunted was in his defpairing mood. 

That like a lifelefs corfe immoveable he ftood. 


But Artbegal that golden belt uptodk. 
The which of all htt (poll was only left v 
'Which wa$ not hers, as many it mUlook, 
But Florimlls own girdle^ from her reft* 
While (he was Sying^ fii^e a weary Weft, 
From that foul moo^c^y which did her compel! 
To perils great; Which he unbuckling. eft, 
Prefcnted to the fzStti^ j^hrimU : 

Who round abotft her tender waift it fitted well. 



Full maai^ readies (^ea had aibyM, 

About thek middles that fair belt to knit \ 
And Hiany a one fuppos^d to be a niaid : 
Yet it: to pgoe of all tbeir loins would fit» 
Till Plorimdl about her faften'd it. 
Such power it had, tb$t to no womans waifl 
By any (kill or labour it would iit» 
Unlefs that (he were continent and cbafle^ 

But it, would loofe or break, that many had dtfgrac'd. * 

XXIX. . 

Whilft thus they buHed were 'bout Florkned^ 
And boaftful Braggadocbio to defame. 
Sir Guyctt (as by fortune them befell) 
Forth from the thickeft preafe of people came, 
Hisiown good fteed, which he had (toln, to claim. 
And th' one hand feizing on his golden bit. 
With th' other drew his fword : fot with the fame 
He meant the thief there deadly to have fmit : 

And had he not been held, he nought had fail'd of it* 


Thereof great hurly burly moved was 

Throughout the hall, for that fame warlike hor lb. 
For Braggadocino would not let him pafs ; 
And Guffm would him algates have perforce. 
Or it approve upon his carion corfe. 
Which troublous ftir when Jribegat perceived. 
He nigh them drew,, to ftay th'avengers force ^ 
And *gan inquire, how was that fteed bereaved. 

Whether by might excort, or elfe by fleight doceiv^di 


Who all that pitq^us ftory» which befell 
About that woeful couple, which were flaia. 
And thfir young bloody babe, to him *gan tell^ 
With whom whiles he did io the WQod remain. 
His hoxjk purloined was by fubde train : 
li'Dr which he challenged the thief to.fight. 
But, he for nought could hin;^ thatto jc;^oftraia t 
For as the dcai£ j^e hated Jf^&h.d^pight, . . 

An|;i,(Mh«r bi^d CO:U>f^« lU»ft.tfy k Jirm$ bis o^ght. . . 



Which Artb^al well hearing, though no mprt 
By law of arms there need ones right to try. 
As was the wont of warlike Knights of yore. 
Than that his foe fliould hini the field deny ; 
Yet further right by tokens to defcry, . 
He a(kt what privy tokens he did bean 
If that faid Guyifny may you fadsfie. 
Within his mouth a black fpot doth appear, 

Shap'd like a horfes fhoe, who lift to ieek it there. 


Whereof to make due trial, one did take 

The horfe in hand, within his mouth to look : 
But with his heels fo forely he him ftrake. 
That all his ribs he quite in pieces brake, 
. I'hat never word from that day forth he fpoke. 
Another that would feem to have more wit, 
Him by the bright embroidred head-ftall took : 
But by the flioulder him fo fore he bit. 

That he him maimed quite, and all his ihoulder fplic. 


Ne he his mouth would open unto wight, 
Untill that Girfon felf unto him fpake. 
And called Brigadore (fo was he hight :) 
Whofe voice fo foon as he did undertake, 
Eftfoons he flood as ftUl as any ftake. 
And fufFred all his fecret mark to fee: 
And whenas he him nam'd, for joy he brake 
His bands, and followed him with gladful glee. 

And friikt, and flung aloft, and touted low on knee. 


Thereby Sir Arthegal did plain areed. 

That unto him the horfe belong*d^ and faid ; 
Lo there Sir Gyymy take to you the fteed. 
As he with golden faddle is array'd : 
And let chat Lofel, plainly now difplay'd. 
Hence fare on foot, till he an horfe have gained. 
But the proud boafter 'gan his doom upbraid. 
And him revH*d, and rated, and difdain'd, 

Thatju^gctaent fo unjuil againft him had ordain*^. 

Ctotiiin. THE FAIRY QUEEJC t^ 


Much was the Knij^ht iocenc'd with hik lewd wordy 
To lutn vcTcnged chat bi& villany : 
And thrice did lay his hand Qpon his fword* 
To have him flatn, or dearly doen aby^ 
But Gi^^n did his choler pacify. 
Saying, Sir Knight, it wouki diftomur be 
To you, that are our jadge off <)ut€y. 
To wreak your wrath on Tuch a Carle as be : 

It's puDUkment enough, that all his fhaiae do iec. 


So did he mitigate Sir Jrthegalli 

But Talus by the back the boa(ler.hent» 
And drawing him oqt of the open hall. 
Upon him did infli& this punilfamenc. 
Firft he his beard did (have, and fouly flieht : 
Then from him refc his fhield, and it renverft. 
And blotted out his arms with fallhood blent^ 
And himfelf bafFuld, and his arms unherft. 

And broke his fword in twain, and all his armour fperftt 


The whiles his guile&i groom was fled away : 
But vain it was to think from him to fly. 
Who overtaking him did difarray. 
And all his face deform'd with intanry^ 
And out of court him fcourged openly. 
So ought all faytours, that true knighthood fbame^ 
And arms difhonour with bafe villany. 
From all brave Knights be banifht with defame. 

For oft their lewdnefs blotteth good d^ferts with bl4me« 


Now when thefe counterfeits were thus m^cas'd 
Out of the fore-fide of their forgery. 
And in the fight ^ all men clean difgrac^d^ 
All 'gan to jeft and gibe full merrily 
At the remembrance of their knavery. 
Ladies 'gan laugh at Ladies, Knights at Kni^ts^' 
To think with faow great vaunt oi bravery 
He them abufed through his fubtil flights,. 

And what a glorious fhew hi:; nuu^in all riidr fighlSf 
VouII. N " 



rhei;a leave wcf diem in pleafure and repaft. 
Spending their joyous days and gladful nights. 
And taking ufury of time forepaft. 
With all (kfLT delices and rare deUghts, 
Fit for fuch Ladies and fucfa lovely Knights : 
And turn we here to this fair fun'ows end 
Our weary yokes, to gather freflier fjMrights, 
That whenas time to -Artbegal fhali* tend. 

We on hi$;firft adventure may him forward fend. 

C A N T Of IV. 

Arthegal deaktb right .hefwixt 
Two brethren that do jirive: 

Savei Terpine from the gallow ires, . 
Audi doth from death reprive. 


Whofo upon htofelf will take the skiji 
True judice unto people to divide. 
Have need of mighty hands for to fulfill 
That which he doth with righteous doom decide. 
And for to maifter wrong and puiflant pride. 
For v&iii it is to deem of things aright. 
And makes wrong-doers jufticq to deride, 
Unlefs it be- perforjtn'd with dreadlefs might. 
For powre is th^ ri^t hand of Juftice truly hight. 

. II. 

Therefore whylome to Knights of great empri/e. 
The charge of Jnftice given was in truft^ 
That they migbt execue^ her judgements wife. 
And with their might beat dowi^ Ticentious luity 
Which proudly did impugne her fentence jult. 
Wliereof hoJi^yer precedent ' this day 
Remains on earth, preferV'd from iron mft . 
Of rude oblivion, and iong times^decay. 

Than tfiis-of ^riiF#^^ nwhtch here weJbave u> fay. 

CftntolV. . Ttt^ J^AlRV QUEER tgs 


Who having lately left that lovely pair, 
Enlinked fall ki wedlocks loyal bond. 
Bold MarineU with Florimtll the fair, 
With whom great feaft and goodly glee he fondt . 
Departed from the caftle oi t))jt firond^ 
To follow his adventures Brft intent. 
Which long ago he taken had in hond : 
Ne wight with him for his afllftance went. 

But chat great iron groom, his guard and government^ 


With whom as he did pafs by the fca (hore. 

He chanc'd to come, whereas two comely Squires^ 

Both brethren, whom one womb together bore. 

But ilirred up with different deflres, * 

Together ftrove, and kindled wrathful fires : 

And them befide, two feemly damzels ftood. 

By all means feeking to afluage their ires. 

Now with fair words but words did little good : [mood* 

Now with fharpthreati but threats the more increased their 


And there before them ftood a cofier ftrong, 
Faft bound on every fide with iron bands. 
But feeming to have fuffred mickle wrong. 
Either by being wreckt upon the fands, 
Or being carried far from foreign lands, 
Seem'd that for it thefe Squires at odds did fall. 
And bent againft themfelves their cruel hands. 
But everm€>re thole damzels did fbreftall 

Their furious edcouhter, and their fierceoefs pall. "** * 


But firmly fixt they were, with dint of fword. 
And battles doubtful proof their rights to try, 
Ne other end their fury would aflfbrd. 
But what to theiti fortune would juftify « 
So (tood they both in readinefs thereby. 
To join the combat with cruel intent \ 
When Arthegal arriving happily. 
Did ftay awhile their greedy bickerment. 

Till he hM ^ucftim^d the caufe of their diilcnc; 

Na '" 

%9« ^^T«E FAIRY QUEEN* .ft>pky# 


To whom the fides did- this aD^Wer frame i 
Then wcct ye Sir, that we two iMnethren be^ 
To whom our Sire, JMikJio by namey 
Did eouaUy bequeath his lands in fee. 
Two iilandsy which ye there before ye fee 
Not far in fea ; of which the one appears . 
But hke a little mount foS fmall degree -r 
Yet was as great and wide ere many years. 

As that fame other ide, that greater breadth now bcacK 

But tradt of time, that all things doth dec^. 
And this devouring fea that nought doth fpare^ 
The mod part of my l^od bath walht away^ 
And thrown it up unco my brothers (hare : 
So his encreafed, but nune did empair. 
Before which time I ioy'd as w^s my lot. 
That further maid hight Fbiltera the fair. 
With whom a goodly dowre I ibould have got. 

And ihguld have loiued been to- her in wedlocks knoV^ 

Then did my younger brpther Amidas^ 
Love that fame other damzel Lucy bpighc. 
To whom but little dowre allotted was : 
Her vertue was the dowre that did delight. 
What better dowre can to a Dame be hight I 
But npw when Philtra faw my lands decay. 
And foriner fiverod UM^ fhe left me quighty 
And to my brother did elope, ftraightway ; 

Who taking her from me^i his own Love l«ft ^ivf. 


She feeing thea herfclf fbrfaken tc^^ 
Through dolorous defpair, which ihe conceiv*d. 
Into tlie'fea herfelf did headlong throw, 
Thinking to have her grief by deadh bpr^av'd* 
But lee how much her purpoje was deceiv'd,^ 
Whilft thus,'amidft the billows beating of her, 
Twixt life and death, long to and fro ihe we^v^d, 
I She chanced unwares to light upon this coffer* 

jWhich to J^ in that d^^lS^^ Hope ^f lif; did o£Sir« 

<JantoIV. •' THE FAIRY yjEEN. «^7 

The wretched maid, th« erft defirM to dr*, 
Whenas the pain of death die tafted h ady 
And but halt feen his ugly vifnomie, . 
Gan to repent that (he Had been fo rt\^ 
For any death to change life though moft bad ; 
And catching hold of this fea^beaten chclt, 
The lucky Pilot of Her paffage fad. 
After long toffing in the feas diftreft, 

Her weary bark at laft upon mine lile did reft. 


Where I by chance then wandring'on the Ihore, 
Did her efpy, and through my good endeavour. 
From dreadful mouth of death, which threatned .fore 
Her to have fwallow'd up, did help to favc her. . 
She then in recompence of that great favour. 
Which I on her beftow*d, beftow*d on me 
The portion of that good which Fortune gave hcr» 
Together with her fdf in dowry free 5 

Both goodly portions; but of both the better Ihe. 


Yet in this cofier, which (he with her brought. 
Great treafure fi thence we did find contained : 
Which as our own we took, and fo it thoughts 
But this fame other damzel fince hath feigned, ' 
That to her felf that treafure appertained j 
And that (he did tranfport the fame by fea. 
To bring it to her hulband new ordain'd. 
But fuffred cruel (hipwreck by the way. 

But whether it be fo or no, I cannot fay. 

. . . XIV. 

But whether it indeed be fo or no. 

This do I fay, that what fo good or ilU 
Or God or Fortune unto me did throw 
(Not wronging any other by my will) 
I hoM mine own and fb will hold it ftill. 
And though my land he firft did win awaf,' 
And then my Love (though now it little skill) 
Yet my good luck he fhall not likewife prey % 

But I will it defend whilft ever that I may, 

N 3 

.19? ; THE FAIRY QUEEN. Book vl 


So having fatd^ the younger did enfue % - • 
Full true it is^ whatfo about our land 
My brother here declared hath to you : 
But not for it thi^ odds twixt us doth ftand^ 
But for this treafure thrown upon his ftrand \ 
Which well I prove, as fhall appear by trial. 
To be this maids, with whom I faftned band. 
Known by good marks and perfect good efpial : 

Therefore it ought be rendred her without denial. 


,When they thus ended had, the Knight began i 
Certes your ftrife were eafie to accord. 
Would ye remit it to ibme righteous man. 
Unto your felf, faid they, we give our word, 
•To bide that judgement ye Ihali us afford. 
Then for aflurance to my doom to ftand, 
.Under my foot let each lay down his fword, 
^ And then you fhall my fentence underftand. 

So each of them laid down his fword out of his hand* 


Then Artbegal dius to tb^ youngcq* faid \ 
Now' tell me Amidas^ if that ye may. 
Your brothers land the- which the fea hath Iai4 
Unto your part, and .pluckt from his away. 
By what good right do you withhold this day ? 
What other right, quoth he, fhould you clteem. 
But that the fea it to my fhare did lay i 
Your right is good, &id he, and fo I deem. 

That what the fea unto you fent;, your own (hould fcem« 


Then turning to the eldcf thus he faid ; 
Now BracpdaSi let this likewife be ihown } 
Your brothers treafure, which from him is ftraidt 
Being the dowry of his Wife well known, 
By what right do you claim to be your own ? 
What other right, auoth he, fhould you efteem, 
Bi|t that the fea hath it unto me thrown ? 
Ypur right is good, faid he, and fo I deem. 

That which Uic fea unto you fcnti your own fhould feeqi. 



For equal right in equal things doth (land \ [ * * 
For what the mightjr lea hath once pofl&ft. 
And plucked quite from all pofleflbrs h&nd. 
Whether by rage of waves* that never reft. 
Or elfe by wreck that wretches hath diftreft. 
He may difpofe by his imperial might» 
As thing at random left, to whom he lift. 
So Atmdas^ the land was yours firft hight. 
And fo the treasure yours is Braddas by right* 

When he his fentence riius pronounced had. 
Both Amdas and Pblltra were dtfpleas^d : 
Bat Braddas and Lucy were right glad. 
And on the^treafure by that judgment (eiz*d. 
So was their difcord by this doom f ppcfas'd. 
And each one had hts right. Then Artbegall^ 
Whenas their fliarp contention he had ceas'd. 
Departed on his way as did "befall* ^ ' ^ 

To follow his old queft^ the which him forth did calL 

So as he. travelled upon the way, ' 

He chanced to come, where happily he fpide] 
A rout of many people far away ; 
To whom his courfe he haftily appKde, 
To weet the caufe of their affemblance wide. 
To whom when he approached near in fight 
(An uncouth fight) he plainly then defcride 
To be a troop of women, warlike dight, 
With weapons in their hands, as ready for to fight. 

And in the midft of them he iaw a Knight^ 

With both his hands behind him piniond hard, .' 
And round about his neck an halter tight. 
As ready for the gallow tree prepared : 
His face was covered, and his head was bar'd. 
That who he was uneatb was to defcry ; 
And wif h full heavy heart with them he far'd, 
Griev'd to. the foul, and groaning inwardly. 
That he of .Women* ban(}s.ib ba(e^ death ihould dye, 

N 4 



But the^ li)ce tyrants 0)efcUef$» ^ tmtxt 
Rejoiced at his miierable cafe. 
And him i^viled, aod reproached fore 
With bitter tmints and ferma of rile difgrace. 
Now whenas Jrtbepi^ arrived in plaee. 
Did alk, what caufe broogkt that man to decay*^ 
They round about him 'gan to fwarm apace. 
Meaning on turn thetr crud handa to lay. 

And to have wrought unwares iomt viUanaua afiasr.. 


But he was (gofi ftwares of tlirir ill mind. 
And c^ rawing back deceived their intent ; 
Yet though himfelf did ihame on womankind 
His mighty hand toihen, he TWIvi fent 
To wreck on them their follies haidiment : 
Who with few fouies of his iron flaiie, 
Difperfed all (i^eir (roop incontinent. 
And fent them ^ome*t^. tell a piteous tale 

Of their vain prQwefs» turned to their proper bale« 


But that fame wretched man, ordain'd to dye. 
They left behind tbem, glad to be lb quit : 
Him Talus took out of perplexity. 
And horrour of foul death for Knight unfit,] 
Who more than lofs of life ydreaded it ^ 
And him reftoring unto living light. 
So brought unto his Lord, where he did fir. 
Beholding all t(iat womaniih weak fight ; 

Whom fbon as he beheld, he knew, and thus bebight. 


Sir Terpiney haphft man, what naake you here ? 
Or have you loft your felf, and your difcretion. 
That ever in this wretched cafe ye were ? 
Or have ye yielded you to proud oppreflTion 
Of womens powre, tnat boa(l of mens iubjei^ion ? 
Or elfe, what other deadly difmal day 
Is fain on you, by heavens hard direction. 
That ye were run fo fondly, far aftray, 

A^ 1?^ ^ ^^ y^W felf unto your own decay ? 

CaiftolV. THrrAlHY QUEEN. .Mf; 


Much wa$ tHe man oonfoundod in his mind^ 
Partly with flume, and partly with difmafy 
That all aftoni/ht he himfelf did End^ 

* Aiid little had for his excufe to fay. 
But only thus s Moit hapleis well ye may 
Me juftly cerin, that to tins flume am brought* 
And made the {com of kni^thood this fame day.' 
But wbp <!an fcape what his own fate hath wron^t ?, 

The work pf heavens will furpaflctk human thought* 


Right true : but fiuilty men ufe ofitntiihes 
To attribute their folly unto fate. 
And lay on heaven the guilt of their own crimes* 
But tell. Sir Terpimj ne let you anniate 
Your mtiery, how fell ye in this ftate. 
Then fith yc needs, quoth he, will know my fliame^ 
And all the ill which chanc'd to ooie of late, 
I fliortly will to you rehearfe the iame, 

lu hope yc will not turn misfortune to my Uame^ 


Being defirous (as all Knights are wont) 
Through hard adventures de^ of airms to try^ 
And after fame and honour for to hunt, 
I h^ard report that far abroad did fly. 
That a proud Amazm did late defy 
All the brave Knights that hold of Maidenhead^. 
And unto them Wrought all the villany: 
Thac ihe could forge in her malicious head. 

Which Jbme hath put to fhame, and many done bedeadt 

The caufe, they &y, of this her cruel hate* 
Is for the fake of Bdlodant the bold. 
To whom flie bore mofl fervent love of laie» 
And wooed him by all the ways flie could : 
But when flie faw at laft, that he ne would 
For ought or nought be won unto her will» 
She turned her love to hatred manifold. 
And fpr his fake, vow'd to do all the ill [fulfill, 

Which flie could do ta Xoights : Which now fl^ dodi 



For all tfiofe Knights, the which by force or *guile 
She 4oth fubdue, ihe fouly doch intreat. 
Firft (he ^oth them of warlike arms defpoil, . 
And clothe in womens weeds : and then with tbtezt 
Doth them compell to work, to earn their meac, 
Ta fpin, to card, to few, to wafla, to Wring ^ 
Ne <k>th ihe give them other thing to eat 

"^ But bread and water, or like feeble things 

Then) xo difable. from revenge adventuring* 


But if throo^ flout difdain of nunly mind. 
Any her proud obfervance will withftand) 
»Upon that gibbet, which is there behind, ^ 
She caufeth them be hangM up out of hand % 
In which condition I right now did ftand. 

c For being overcome by her in fight. 
And, put to that bale fervice of her band, 
I rather cho& to dye in life's defpight, 

Thaaiead. that ihameful life, unworthy of a Knigbc 


How hight that Jmazen (faid Arthtgal ) ? 
^fid where, and how far hence does ihe alnde } 
Her name, quoth he, they RaMgund do call, 
A Princefs of great powre, and greater pride. 
And Queen of Amazons in arms well tride, 
A'nd fundry battles which ihe hath atchiev*d 
With great fucceis, that her hath glorifide. 
And made her famous, more than is believed i 

JbJe woiild lit have ween'd, had I not late it pdev'd* 


Now fure, i^id he, and by the faith th^t I 
To Maidenhead and noble knighthood owe, 
I wilj* not rei):, till I her might do try. 
And venge the ihame, that me to Knights doth Ihow. 
Therefore Sir y'erptfm from you lightly throw 
This fqualid weed, the pattern of defpair. 
And wend with me, that ye may fee and know, 

/ "How fortune will your ruin*d .name repair, [pair. 

A&d j^mghts of Maidenhead,wiu>fe4)raife ihe wouldem* 


With that, like *one that hopekfs was reprieved . 
From deathes door, at which he lately lay, 
Tho^ iron fetters, wherewith he was gyv*d. 
The badges of reproach, he threw away. 
And nimbly did him dight to guide the way 
Unto the dwelling of that Amazone. 
Which was from thence not paft a mile ortway % 
A goodly city, and a mighty one, 

Tiie which of her own name fhe called Radigmie. 


Where they arriving by the watchmen were 
. Defcried itraight ; who all the city warn'd. 
How that three warhke perfons did appear^ ' 
Of which the one him feem'd a Knight all arm'dj^ 
And ch' other two well likely to have harm'd. 
Efcfoons the people all to harnefs ran. 
And like a fort of bees in clufters fwarm^d : 
Ere long, their Queen her felf arm*d like a man^' 

Came forth into the rout, and them t* array began. 


And now the Knights, being arrived near. 
Did beat upon the gates to enter in. 
And at the Porter, fcorning them fo.few. 
Threw many threats, if they the town diid win» 

. To tear his fleih in pieces for his fin. 

' ^Vbich whenas Radigund there coming heard. 
Her heart for rage did grate, and teeth did grin : 
She bade that ilraight the gates fhould be unbar'd,^ 

And to them way to make, with weapons well prepared** 


Soon as the gates were open to them fet. 

They prelled forward, entrance to have made* 
. But in the middle way they were ymet 
With a iharp (bowre of arrows, which them ftaidt 
And better bade advife, ere they aflaid, 
Unknowen peril of bold womens pride. 
Then all that rout upon them rudely laid. 
And heaped flrokes lb fad on every fide, 

AM 3t]row3 h^ild fo thick, that they could n<K Abide. 


«tc)4 THE FAIRY QUSEN,* Book "^. 


But RaSigmid her feif, when ihe efpide 
Sir TerpMj from her direful doom acquit. 
So cryiel dole amongft her maids divide. 
T* avenge that fhame, they did on him commit j 
All fndcUiinly enflamM with furious fit. 
Like a fell Lionefs at him Ihe ikw, 
Atid.on his head-piece him 16 fiercely ffnit^ 
That to the ground him quite fhe overthrew, 

Difmay'd fi> with the ftroke, that he no colours knew; 


Soon as (he faw faim on the ground to grovel. 
She lightly to him leapt ; and in his neck 
Her proud foot fetting, at his head did level, 
Weening at once her wrath on him to wreak. 
And his contempt, that did her judgment break : 
As when a Bear hath feiz'd her cruel claws 
Upon the carcafs of fome beaft too weak, 
Pioudly ftands over, and a while doth paufe. 

To bear the piteous beaft pleading her plaintiff caufe« 

Whom wheaas Arthegal in that diftrefs 
By chance beheld, he left the bloody (laughter. 
In which he fwam, and ran to his redrefs. 
TJieit her aiTailing fiercely fre(b, he raught her 
Such an huge ftroke, that it of fenfe diftraught her ? 
And bad (he not it warded warily. 
It had deprived her mother of a daughter. 
Natb'tefs for all the powre (he did apply, 

U made |ier ftagger oft, and ftare with ghaftfy eye. 


Like to an Eagle in his kingly pride, 

Soar«^ through his wkle empire of the air. 
To weather hk bfMd fails, by chance hath fpidd 
A Goihawk, which hath feized for her (hare 
Upon fon^e fowl, that fliould her fcaft prepare ; 
With dreadful force he flies at her bylive. 
That with his foufe, which none enduren dare^ 
Her from the quarry he away doth drive. 

And 6om her griping pounce the greedy prey doth rive* 

Ganto IV. T H E F AI R Y QJJ E EN. ftoj 

But foon as Ihe her lenfe recovered had. 

She fiercely towards him her felf 'gan dight. 

Through vengeful wrath and 'fdeignful pride half mad: 

For never had fhe fulfred Aich defpighc. 

But ere fhe could join hand with him to Bght^ 

Her warlike maids about her flQckt fo faft. 

That they difparted them, maugre their might. 

And with their troops did far afunder caft : 
But 'mongft the reft the fight did until evening laft. . 

And every while that mighty iron man. 

With his llrangc weapon, never wont in war, 

The^ forely vext, and courft, and overran. 

And broke their bows, and did their ihoocing matv 

That none of all the many once did dare 

Him to afiault, nor once approach him nigh* 

But like a fort of fheep difperfed far 

For dre^d of their devouring enemy. 
Through ^1 the fields apd vallies did before him fiy« 

But whenas days fair fliiny beam, yclouded 

With fearful Ihadows of deformed night. 

Warned n^an and beaft in quiet reft be fhrouded. 

Bold Radigund (with found of trump on height) 

CausM all her people to furceafe from fight ^ 

And gathering them unto her cities gate. 

Made them aU enter in before her fight. 

And all the wounded, and the weak in ftate. 
To be conveyed in, ere (he would once retrate* 

When thiis the field was voided all away. 

And all things quieted, the Elfin Knight 
. (Weary of toil and travel of that day) 

Caus'd his pavilion to be richly pighc ki 

Before the city ^te, in open fight ; 

Where he himfdf did reft in fafety. 

Together with Sir T^rpine all that night : 

But Talus us'd in time of jeopardy 
To keep a x)dgh)ly watcb> for dread of treachery; 

ao6 THE FAIRY OtJE£N. BookV; 


But Radiguffd full of heart-gnawing grief. 
For the rebuke which (he fuftainM^ 
Could take no reft, ne would receive relief; 
But tofled in her troublous mind^ what way 
She mote revenge that blot, which on her lay« 
There fhe refoiv'd, her felf in (ingle fight 
To try her fortune, and his force aflay^ 
Rather than fee her people fpoiled quight^ 

As (he had feen that day a difadventroua (ig4t. 


She called forth to her a trufty maid. 
Whom Ihe thought fitteft for that buHnefs, 
Her name was ClarimPj and thus to her faid ; 
Co damzel quickly, do thy felf addrefs 
To do the meflage, which I (hall exprefd. 
Go thou unto that ftranger Fairy Knight^ 
"Who yefterday drove us to fuch diftrefs; 
Tell, that to morrow I with him will fights 

And try in equal field, whether hath greater tnight* 


But thefe conditions do to him propound^ 
That if I vanquifh him, he (hall obey 
My law, and ever to my lore be bound ; 
And fo will I, if me he vanquifh may. 
Whatever he (hall like to do or fay : 
Go ftraigbt, and take with thee to witnefs it. 
Six of thy fellows of the beft arrayi 
And bear with you both wine and juncates fit, 

And bid him eat \ henceforth he oft Hiall hpngry (ic. * 


The damzel ftraight obeyed : and puttkig all . 
In xeadinefs, forth to the town- gate went ; 
Where founding loud a trumpet from the wall, 
Unto thofe warlike Knights (he warning fent. 
Then Talus^ forth iffuing from the tent. 
Unto the wall his way did fearlefs take. 
To weeten what that trumpets founding meant : 
Where that fame damzel loudly him befpake, 
. And (hew'd, that with his Lord (he would <emparlance 




So he them ftraight condudted to his Lord i * ' • I 
Who as he could, them goodly well did greet. 
Till they had cold their mefiage word by word r . . 
Which he accepting well, as he could weet, . 
Them fairly entertained with court'fies meet. 
And gave them gifts and things of dear deligbt# 
So back again they homeward tum'd their feci. 
But Artbegall himfelf to reft did dight. 

That he mote frefher be againft the oext days Bght* 


C A N T O V. 

Anhegal fights with Radigund, 

And is fuhdtfd by Guile : 
He is by her emprtfcned^ 

But wrought by Clarind'j wiU* 


So foon as day, forth drawing from the Eafl:, 
^ Nights humid curtain from the heavens withdrew 
And early calling forth both man and beaft, 
Comfnanded them their daily works renew, 
Thefe noble warriors, mindtui to purfue 
The laft days purpofe of their vowed fight, 
Themfelves thereto prepared in order due : 
The Knight, as beft was feeming for a Knight : 

And Hx^AmazoHy as beft it lik'd her felf to dight. 


All in a camis light of purple filk 
Woven upon with filver, fubtly wrought. 
And quilted upon fatin white as milk. 
Trailed with ribbands diverfly diftraught. 
Like as the workman had their courfes uught^ 
Which was Ihort tucked for light motion 
Up to her ham : but when (he lift, it raughc 
Down to her loweft heel, and thereupon 

She wore for her defence a mailed habergeon. 

ac«- THE FAl RY QJJ£EN, Book \V 


And on her legs (he pjltnteU bufkins wore» 
Bafted with bends of gold on every fide. 
And mails between, and laced clofe afore : 
Upon her thigh her fcimitar wa^ tide. 
With an cmbroidrcd belt of mickel pride ; 
And on her fhoulder hung her ihield, bedeckt 
tJpon the bofs with Hones, that Ihined wide. 
As the fair Moon in her moft full afpeft. 

That 4o ihe Moon it mote be like in each refpedl* 


Se forth ihe came out of the city gate^ 
With (lately port and proud magnificence. 
Guarded with many Damzels, that did wait 
Upon her perfon for her ibre defence, 
Playing on Ihaums and trumpets, that from hence 
Their found did reach unto tne heavens height. 
So forth into the field ihe marched thence, 
Where was a rich pavilion ready pight, 

Her to receive, till time they fhould begin the fight. 


Then forth came Artbegal out of his tent. 
All arm*d to point, and firft the lifts did enter : 
Soon after eke came fhe.with fell intent. 
And countenance fierce, as having fully bent her^ 
That battles utmoft trial to adventure. 
The lifts were clofed faft, to bar the rout 
From rudely prefling to the middle center ; 
Which in great heaps them circled all about, 

Waiting how Fortune would refol ve that dangerous doubt . 


The trumpets founded, and the 'field began ; 
With bitter ftrokes it both began and ended. 
She at the firfl: encounter on him ran 
With furious rage, as if fhe had intended 
Out of his breaft the very heart have rended : 
But he that had like tempefts often tride, 
From ^ihat firfl: flaw himfelf right well defended. 
The more (he rag*d, the more he did abide ; 

She hew'd, Ihe foin'd, Ihe taftit, (he laid on every fidci - 

Canto V. THE FAlRY QLUEEN. iol 


Yet ftill her blpws he bore, and her forboMi 
Weening at laft to win advantage new ^ 
Yet ftill her cruelty encreafed more, 
And thoi^h powre faild, her courage did accrue i 
Which failing, he 'gan fiercely her purfae i 
Like as a Smith that to his cunning feat 
The ftqbborn metal feeketh to fubdue. 
Soon as he feels it mollifide with heat, 

With his fiteat iron iledge doth ftrongly on it beat* 


So did Sir Arthegai upon her lay^ 

As if flie had an iron anvil been* j 

That flakes of fire, bright as the funny ray^ 
Out of her fteely arms were flafhing ieen. 
That all on fire ye would her lurely ween* 
But with her fhield fo well her felf fhe Warded^ 
From the dread danger of his weapon keen. 
That all that while her life fhe fafely guarded : 

But he that help from her againft her wiU difcaided* 


For with his trenchant blade at the next blow^ 
Half of her fhield he Ihared quite away. 
That half her fide it felf did naked fhow^ 
And thenceforth unto danger opend Way. ; 

Much was (he moved with the mighty fway 
Of that fad ftroke, that half enrag'd (he gitw^' 
And like a greedy Bear unto her prey, 
With her (harp fcimetar at him (he fliew. 

That gianCiiEig down his thigh,the purple blood fordid<e#f 

Thereat (be *gan to triumph with great boa^ 
And to. upbraid that chance which him misfbll^ 
As if the prize (he gotten had almoft, . 
With fpightful fpeeches fitting with her well % 
That his great heart 'gan inwardly to fwell. 
With indignation, at her vaunting vain, 
And at {>er firook with puii&nce fearful &U{ 
Yet with her (hield (he warded tt again. 

That fhatter'd all to pieces r6und abovit the plaio» I 
Vot. II. 



Having her thus dUarmed of her ffiidd^ 
Upon her bdmet he again her ftrook 
That down (he fell upon the graflk field; 
In ftnk\t& fwoun, as if her life forfook. 
And pangs of death her fpirit overtook* 
Whom when he faw before hi^ foot poftratcd^ 
He to her lept, with deadly dreadful look. 
And her fun/fakiy helmet foon unlac'd, 

Thinkiitt ak odcc both head and helmet fo l»re rac'd* 


But whenas he difcovV^d had her fstcc^ 
He faw his fenfes flrange aftoniflimeot, 
A miracle of nacuies goodly grace. 
In her fair vlfage void jof ornament. 
But bath'd m blood and iweat together meot » 
WUchin the rudene& of that evil plight, 
Bewr^ the£gns ^f featune excellent : 
Like as the Moon in &^y winters night. 

Doth 6effl tfi> Ibe her &lf, though darkled be her fighc 


At fight tlKcebf his icruel minded heart 
EmpiercQd was wkb pitiful regard. 
That his ihai^ £void he threw from htm apait^ 
Curfing his hand that had that vifage mar*d : 
No hand lb cruel, nor. no heart fo bard, 
3ut ruth of beauty will it mollily. 
[By this upihtfting from her fwoun, ibe ftar*d 
A while about her with confufed eye i 

like imc dm from di^s (b'^am is waked iuddenly.. 


Soon as the Knight ihe idiere by her did ^y, 
Stgndiii^ with empty bands ail wea^nlQls^ 
With frelh afiaute upon iiim ibe did fly. 
And 'tgao itnew her fiormer cruelnefs : 
And though (be. iliU.ietir!d, yetnathelds 
With huge .codooUed ilnokes (he on him layd ^ 
And ukare encpsaft rher outrage mercSefi, 
^ The mprectfuttiie with4neek intieaty prayd, 

^$r wxathfui lumdfix>m greedy vengeance to have Itaydr 



Like as a P^ttock iiaving fpide in i)ght» 
A gentle Falcon litting on a hill, 
Whofe pcber wing now made unmeet for Aight^ 
Was lately broken by ibme fortune ill \ 
The fooli& Kite led with licentious wiU^ 
Dodi beat upon the g^tie bird in vain. 
With many idle ftoops her trouUing ftiU t 
Even fo did jRjul^ptmt with bootlefs pain 

Annoy this noUe iGsiigbt, and fiMrely him conftraim' 


Nought could he do, biit ffaun the dread disfpight 
(m her fierce wradi, and backward ftill retire. 
And with his fingle fiiield, well as he mig^. 
Bear off the burden of her raging ire i 
And evermore he gently did defire. 
To ftay her firokes, and he himielf would yidd : 
Yet nould (he hearky ne let him<once rcfirfre. 
Till he to her delivered had his <hiekl. 

And to her mercy him fubmitted in plun BMi 


So was he overcome, not overcome, 
But to her yielded of his own accord : 
Yet wsu he juftly damned by the doom 
Of his pwn mouth, that fp;4ce fo warelefs word. 
To be her thrall, and fervice her afford. 
For though that he firft victory obt jun*d. 
Yet after by abandoning his fword. 
He. wilful loft, that he before atuin*d. 

No fairer coaqueft, than that with good will is gained* 


Tho with her fword on him (he flatling ftrook. 
In Ciffk of true fubjediiion to her powre. 
And as her vaflal him to thraldom took. 
But Terfim born to nK>re unhappy houre. 
As he on whom the lucklefs Stars did loure. 
She caus'd to be attacbt, and forthwith led 
Unto the crook, t*abide the baleful ftowre, 
From which he lacely had through refcue fled : 

Wheit ht fuU (faamefMUy was han|pd by tht httdt 

O 2 

tia THE f AIRY QU£EN. BookV, 


But when they thought on Talus^ hands to lay. 
He with his iron flail amon^ft them thundrcd. 
That th^y were fain to let him 'fcape away. 
Glad from his company to be fo fundred \ 
Whofe prefence all their troops fo much encumbred. 
That th*heap3 of thofe which he did wound and flay, 
Befides the reft difmay'd, might not be numhred : 
Yet all that while he would not once.aiTay 

To refcue hi^ iQsWft Ixurd, but thought it juft t*obey* . 

XX. ' 

Then took the dmii^mi this noble Kni^t» 
Left to her will by his own wilflil blame. 
And caufed him to be difarmed quight 
Of all the ornaments of knightly name. 
With which whylome he gotten had great fame : 
Inftead whereof fl&e made him to be (Sght 
In womana w^rads, that is to manhood Ihamet 
And put before his Up an apron white, 

Inftead of cui^^ts and bafes fit for fight. 


So being clad Ihe brought him from the field. 
In which he \^ been trained many a day. 
Into a long large chamber, which was ciel'd 
With monuments of many Knights decay. 
By her fubdued in victorious fray : 
Amongft the which ihe caus'd his warlike arms 
Be hang'd on high, that mote his fhame bewray ; 
And broke his fword for fear of further harma^ 

With' which he wont to ftir up battailous alarms. 


There entred in, he round about hitn faw 
Many brave Knights, whofe names right well he knew. 
There bound t'obey that Arnazons proud law. 
Spinning and carding all in comely rew. 
That his big heart loath'd fo uncomely view. 
But they were forc'd through penury and pine,- 
To do thofe works to them appointed due : 
For nought was given them to fup or dine,. 

But wi^ (^r h9^|^^Quld e^rn by twifting Unnentwinew 

CaatoV. THE FAIRr QJUEEN. ^i| 


Amongft them all, ihe placed him moft low. 
And in his hand a diftafF to him gave» 
That he thereon (hould fpin both flax and tow i 
A fordid office for a mind fo brave. 
So hard it is to be a womans (lave. 
Yet he it took in his own felfs defpight. 
And thereto did himlelf right well behave. 
Her to obey, fith he his faith had plight. 

Her vafial to become, if (he him won in fight. 


Who had him feen, imagine mote thereby. 
That whylome hath of Hercules been told. 
How for lolas fake he did apply 
His mighty hands, the diftaff vile to hold. 
For his huge club, which had fubdu'd of old 
So many monfters, which the world annoyed : 
His Lions (kin chang'd to a pall of gold. 
In which forgetting wars, he only joy*d 

In combats of meet Love, and M^h his miftrefs toy'ci. 


Such is the cruelty of womenkind. 

When they have Ihaken off the (hamefacM band. 
With which wife nature did them ftrongly bind 
T'obey the heafts of mans well-ruling hand. 
That then all rule and reafon they withftand. 
To purchafc a licentious liberty : 
But vertuous women wifely underftand. 
That they were born to bafe humility, 

Unlcfa the heavens them lift to lawful foverainty, 


Thus there long while continued jlrtbegalU 
Serving proud Radigund with true fubjeiSKon j 
However it his noble heart did gall, 
T*obey a womans tyrannous dircftion. 
That might have had of life or death elcftion : 
But having choien, now he might not change; 
During which time, the warlike Amazotty 
Wbofe wandring fancy after luft did range," * * 

^Gan caft a (ccrec liking to this citptive (trapge. -• • 


Which long concealing in her covert bread. 
She chawM the cud of lorers careful plight : 
Yet could it not fo thoroughly digeft. 
Being faft fixed in her wounded f|>right. 
But it tormented her both day and night : 
Yet would ihe not thereto yield free accord. 
To fervc the lowly vaffal of her might. 
And of her fcrvant make her (bveraine Lord : 

So great her pride^ that (he foch bafenefs much abhorM 


So much the greater ftill her angurfh grew, 

Through ftubborn handling of her love-fick heart i 
And ftill the more ihe drove it to fubdue^ 
The more (he ftiH augmented her own fmart. 
And wider made the wound of th'hidden dart*. 
At laft when long fhe ftruggled had in vain. 
She 'gaii to ftoop, and her proud mind convert 
To niceW obeyfance of Loves mighty rein. 

And him mtrcat igv grace, that had procurM her pain* 


Unto her felf in fecret ihe did call 

Her neareil handmaid whom ihe moft did truH;, 
Ami to her (aid v Clarinda^ whom of all 
J truft alive, fitb I thee foftred firft ; 
Now is the tinpe, that I untimely mud 
Thereof make trial in my greateft need : 
It is fo hapned, that the heavens unjuil, 
Spighting my happy freedoai, have agreed. 

To thrall my lookt lite, or my laft bale to breed* 


With that (he turned her head as half ^bafh'd. 
To hide tlic bjuih which in her vifage rofe. 
And through her eyes lil^e fudden lightning flalh*d. 
Decking her ciieek with a vermilion rofe : 
But foon ihe did h^r coqntenance compofe. 
And to her turning, thus began again i 
This griefs deep wound { would to thee difclofe. 
Thereto^ ecmpelled through heart^murdring pain. 

But dread of ihame my doubtful lips doth ftUl refo^« 

Canto y* . THE FAIHY Q^UEEN* 3kis 


Ah my dear dread (faid then the fiuthftii maid} 
Can dread of oogbt your dreadkft heart wkhhotd^ 
That many hath with dread of death difma^'dK 
Aad dare even Deaths moft dreadful face behold ? 
Say on^ my foveraine Lady^ and be bold. 
D9th not your handmaids life at your fi)Ot Be i 
Therewith much comforted^ (he 'gan unfi^ 
Tbfi eaufe of her conceived malady. 

As one that would confeis, yet fain woidd it dtar* 


ChtrinJ^j fatd fhe, thou feeft yond Fairy Kn^ht, 
Whom not my valour, but his own brave wiad 
Subjedled hath to my unequal might ) 
What right is it, that he ihould thraldom find. 
For lending life to me a wretch unkind. 
That for fuch eood him recompenfe with ill I 
Therefore I cau, how I may him unbind. 
And by his freedom ^t his free good*wtil i 

Yet fo, as bound to me he' may contmue ftilL 


Bound unto me^ but not with fuch bard bands 
Of ftrong compulfion, and ftreight violeace^ 
As now in miferable ftace he ftands ; 
But with fweet Love aad fuce benetotenee^ 
Void of malicious nund, or fool afence. 
Tp which if thou oanft win him any way^ 
Without difcovery of my thoughts ptesODce^ 
Both goodly meed of him it pEurchafe may. 

And eke with grataful fervicd me right tveU apay. 


Which that thou mayft the better bring to pafs, 
Lo here this ring, which fhall thy warrant be, 
A{id token true to old Eumemas^ 
Froip time to time, when ebon it befk fhalt fest 
That in and out thou noayft have paffi^ free* 
Go ncfw, ClarmdBj well thy wits advite. 
And all thy forces gather unto thee \ 
AripiRt of lovely looks, and fpeeches wile. 

With which thou canft even Jovi htmlelf to l^ve ta&<; 

O 4 

*rf THE FAIRY Q^UEEN. Bodt V« 

The truftf maid conedving her intent^ 
rDid'with fare promife of her good endeavour^ 
Givie faer great comfort, and fome hearts content. 
So from her parting, (he thenceforth did labour 
By all the means ihe might, to curry favour 
With th'£16ii Knight, her Ladies beft belov'd ^ 
With daily (hew of courteous kind behaviour. 
Even at the mark-white of his heart (he rov*d. 

And with w]deglaociBgwords,oneday Ihe thus him proved* 


Uiihappy Knight, upon whofe hopelels date 
Fortune envying good, hath felly frown'd. 
And cruel hcav'ns have heapt an heavy fate ; 
I rge that thus thy better days are drown'd 
In fad defpair, and all thy fenfes fwoun'd 
In ftupid forrow, fith thy jufter merit 
Might elfe have with felicity been crown'd r 
Look up at laft, and wake thy dulled fpirit 

To think how this long death thou mighteft difinh^rit, 


Much did be marvel at her uncouth fpeech, 
Whofe hidden drift he could not well perceive ; 
And 'gan to doubt, left (he him fought t'appeach 
Of treafon or fome^ileful train did w^ar. 
Through which (he might his wretched life bereave. 
Both which to bar, he with, this anfwer met her i 
Fair DamzeU, that with ruth (as I perceive) 
Of my mifbaps,' art movM to wifli me better, 

For fuch youriund regard, I can. but reft your debtw, 


Yet weef ye weljl, thiit to a couragpe grea( 
It is, no, well to bear 
The ftorm of Fortunes frown, or heavens threat, 
Th^n in tik funlbine c^ ker coun^nance clear, 
Timely to joy, and carry comely chear. 
For though this cbud have now me overcaft^ 
Yet do 1 not of better time«> defpair ; 
And though (unlike) they ftiould for eVer laft, 

^4ll 7x17 truths afiprapc:^ I reft fixed faft. 

C«nto.V. tHE FAIRY QUEEN. %iy 


But what fo ftony mind (flie then replide) 
But if in his own powre occafion lay. 
Would to his hope a window open wide. 
And to his fortunes help make ready way f 
Unworthy fure quoth he, of better day. 
That will not take the offer of good hope. 
And eke purfue if he attain iibmay. 
Which fpeeches Ihe applying to the (cope 

Of her intenti this further purpofe to him fhope* 


Then why doft not, thou ill advized man. 
Make means to win thy liberty forlorn. 
And try if thou by fair entreaty can 
Move Radigund? who though fhe ftill have worn 
Her days in war, yet (weet thou) was not bom 
Of Bears and Tigers, nor fo falvage minded. 
As that ajbe all love of men fhe fcorn. 
She yet forgets that (he of men was Rinded : 

And footh oft f^n, that proudeft hearto bale love hath 

XLI. fbUnded. 

Certes Clarinda^ not of cancred will. 
Said he^ nor obftinate difdainfol mind, 
\ have forbore this duty to fulfill : 
For well I may this ween, by that I find. 
That fhe a Queen and con»e of Princely kind. 
Both worthy is for to be fu*d tinto. 
Chiefly by him, whofe life her law doth bind. 
And eke of powre her own doom to undo. 

And als' of Princely grace to be enclin'd thereto; 


But want of means hath been mine only let 
From feeking favour, where it doth abound ; 
Whkh if I might by your good office get, 
1 to your felf fhould reft for ever bound. 
And ready to deferve what grace I found. 
She feelit^ him thus bite upon the bait. 
Yet doubting left his hold was but unfound, 
And not well faften'd, would not ftrike him ftrait^ 

But dfrcw. him on with hope, ^ kifure to awaits 

d|ft . T«EFAiEY<^UPEN. BookV. 


But fooli(h Maid, whilts bcedtefs of the hmkt 
She thus ofcimes was bcadoA of and on. 
Through iUppery footings, fell into the brooks 
And there was caught to her coafufioa. 
For feeking thus to falve the Jmazon^ 
She wouii£xi was with ber deceits own dart. 
And *gan thenceforth t;o caft afieftidn^ 
Conceived clofe in her beguiled heart, 

Tet durft (he not cUfclofe her hitcw wouddi, 
Ne to hiniielf^ £br doubl of being *idayoed^ 
Ne yet to any other wi^ on gioundt 
Fqi fear her roiibers &oukl have knowledge gained, 
j^ut to herfelf it iecretly retain'd. 
Within the clde( of her covert breail : 
The 'more thereby her tender heart was paia'd. 
Yet to await fit tinoe (he weened beft. 

And £urly did diflemble her fad thoughts unreft. 


One day her Lady caUi|ig her apart, 
^Gan to deiparKi of her fome tidings good. 
Touching Her loves fuccefs, her lingring umrt« , 
Therewith fbe 'gan at firft to change her mood. 
As one adaw*d and half confufed ftoodj 
But quickly (he it overpa(l» (b foon 
As (ne her face had wip*d, to fre(h her blood : 
Tho'gan (he tell her all, that (he had done^ 

And all the ways (he fought his love for to have won : 


But faid that he was obftinate and dern. 
Sconcing her offer$ and conditions vaini 
Ne would be uugbt with any terms, to learn 
So fond a leflbn as u> love again. 
Die rather W9ukl he in penurious pain. 
And bis abbridgj^d days in dolour wafte. 
Than bis foes love or liking entertain : 
His refolution was both firft and laft. 

His body was bcr thrill) hia heart was freely plafte. 



Vn&kh wlien the <Srife( jAMoaiii p^ 
She *gw to ftorm> Md rage# aad read Iier gdl» 
For very fell dcfp^g^ if Udi flid cdafieinrV^ 
To be (6 kpTMd of a bafe bora thrall^ 
Wbofe life did lie m btr leaft ejrelidv fatt ; 
Of which ibtf toVd imch nuny ar curfcd diveat^ 
That, (ht tiberefore titould him ere long fmOaL 
NathMefs wben calmod wtir heir fbrms heac^ 

She cbatog'dtiliAt thM«cful mood; and mildly *tau kMuau 


What now is left CMniaf wbat seniiAU, 
That we may compa& thit our enterptiae ? 
Great flvfdie to lofe fo long cakployed ^ns^i 
And greater (hame t'abide fo g^at mi4>ride» 
With which he darts our dficn thos defpiace. 
Yet that his gutlt the greater niay acmear. 
And more my gradous mercy by tens wize, 
I wHI awhile ¥ri(b his firft foU^ bear. 

Till thou havetckfeagaiBy. and tempcodUflf more near. '- 


Say and do ali» that may tbeitoo preraiii 
Le^e noug^ unpromift» that mzj him perftiade« 
Life, freedom, grace, and mfta of great avail. 
With which the Gods themlelves are mUder nuade ; 
Thereto add art, even womens intty trade. 
The art of mighty words« that moi can charm % 
With which in cafe thou eanft him not invade^ 
Let him feel hardnefs of thy heavy arm : 

Whowill noiftoopwithgMd,ihaU bemadeftoopwtth harm* 

Some of his diet do from him wididraw ; 

For I him find to be too proudly fed. 

Give. him more labour and With ftreighter law. 

That he with work may be forwearied. 

Let him lodge hard, and lie in ftrawen bed. 

That may pull down the courage of his pride ; 

And lay upon him for his greater dread. 

Cold iron chains, with which let him be tide i ^ 

And let whatever he defiies, be him denidc. 



,When thou haft all this done then bring itie news • 
Of ;his demean : thenceforth not like a Lover, 
But like a rebell ftout I wHl him ufe. 
For I refolve this fiege not to give over. 
Till I the conqueft of my wifJl recover. i 

So (he departed, full of grief and 'fdain. 
Which inly did to great impatience move her. 
But the falfe maiden fhortly turned again 

Unto, the pri|pn, wheie her heart did thrsdl remain* 


There all her fubtil nets flie did unfold. 
And all the engines of her wit difplay ) 
In which (he meant him warelefs to enfold, 
And of his innocence to make her prey. 
So cunniJf^gly (he wrought her crafts aflay. 
That both her Lady, and herfelf withall. 
And eke the Knight attonce (he did betray : 
^ut moft the Kn^ht, whom (he with guileful call 

Did ci^ft for to allure, into her trap to hlL 

LIU. - 

As a bad nurfe, which feigning to receive 

|n her own nK)uth the food meant £ot her child, > 
Withholds it to her feif, and doth deceive 
The infant, fo for want of nour'ture fpoild : 
Even fo Clarinda her own Dame beguil'd 
Ai)d tum'd the tmit, whiph was in her ^de. 
To feeding of her private fire, which boiid 
Her inward brea(b, and in her entrails fride 

The more that ihe it fought to cover and to hide. 


For coming to this Knight, (he purpofe feign'd. 
How earneft fuit (he earft for him had made 
Unt$> • ber Queen, his freedom to have gain'd \ 
But by no means could her thereto perfuade : 
But th^t iriftead thereof^ fhe fternly bade 
His mitxY to be augmented more. 
And many iron bands^on him* to. lade. . '- 

All which nathUefs Ae for his love forbore^ 

So praying hjm c*aQcept It^r^&nricc evermore.. . 


GmtoV. THE FAlRVQJJfiieK. at 

Aftd jaore tbaa tliat^ Ihe promift that (he wouldi - - 

In cafe (he might find favour in his eye. 
Devize how to enlarge him duo'pf bold. 
The Fairy glad to gain his liberty, 
'Gan yield great thahks for fiich her coartefy ; 
And with fair words (fit for the dme and place) 
To feed the himxmr of her malady, 
Promift if fhe would free him from that cafe. 

He would by all good means he might, defcrve fucb gr^ce* 


So daily he fair femUant did her fhew. 
Yet never meant he in his noble mind. 
To his own abfent Love to be untrue : 
Ne ever did deceitful CkrmP find 
In her falfe heart, his bondage to uahind ; 
But rather how fhe mote him. falter tye. 
Therefore unto her miftrefs moft unlund .... 
She daily told, her love he did defy ; 

And him Ihe told,, her. Dame his freedom did deny. 


Yet thus much frieAdfliip fhe to Jiim did fliow. 
That his fcarce ^et fomewhat was amended. 
And his work leilen'd, that hiis love mote grow : 
Yet to her D9me him ftill fhe difcommended. 
That ihe with him mote be the more oJBended, 
Thus he long while in thraldom there remaind^ 
Of both beloved wdl, but little friended ; 
Until his own true Love his freedom gain'd. 

Which in another oiotD will be beft contained. 

^ m ** * fc 


Taint irwrpf .iMv/ /^ Britomait, 

She goes u fitk him^ Dolon meets^ 
Who jMi her to ifUrap, 


Some men, I wMe, ^11 deem in ArthtgdU 
Great weakncA, and report of him much ill. 
For yielding io bimfeif a wraiched tfaiail. 
To th*infolenc cMunand oF womens will ; 
That all ins ftrmer praile doth fooly fpill. 
But he the onan; dut £iy or do ib dare. 
Be well admfd, thatle ftand fkdfaft ftiU x 
For never yet waa ^ight (b weH aware. 
But be at firft or laft .waa trapt in womens inare. 

Tet in the ftr^litmeft of that capcHre iftate. 
This gentle Knigbt bimfeif fo weU beha^'d. 
That notwichftanding idl the fobtile bait, 
With which dioie Amazxms bis lore fiUl crav'd, 
To ehisxiwn Louse his loyatoy i&e fav*d : 
Whofe duuraAer \tk th' Adamantine mould 
Of his true heart fo firmly was engraved. 
That 4IO new Iwes impveflion^srer could 

Bereave it thence : fuck blot hisJionottr bkmifii ihouId» 


Yet his own Love, the noble Sriicmart^ 
Scarce fo conceived in her jealous thought. 
What time fad tidings of his baleful fmart 
In womans bondage. Talus to her brought ; 
Brought in untimely hour, ere it yras fought. 
For after that the utmoft date, aflignd 
For his return, (he waited had for nought. 
She *gan to calk in her mifdoubcful mind 

A tbeuland fears^ that love-fick fancies feign to find. 

Ckmam TH£ FAIRY QJ3EEV. m$ 

Somedtties flie ftatodt tfeft fiun« huA mifii^ 
Had him misfaln in bis ftdsttntEons qocft ; 
Sometimes \dk his faUe foe did him encnip 
In craytraiis trayn, i>r bsd vamue^ oppreft ; . 
But omft £he did her tioobled sniad molcft» 
And iecretly afflift ^ich jealoas fcar^ 
Lpft feme new Love bad. htm for her poffiift ( 
Yet loch ihe was, fince ihe no ill did hear. 

To think of him fo Ui : yet could ihe not fiMrbear. 

One while (he biamiM herfelf ; aflotdm* while 
She him coademn'd, as truftlefsAnd untrue: 
And then, her grief widi ermurito b^uile. 
She feign'd to ooont the time again anew. 
As if befote ihe iiad not counted true. 
For hours, bat days*, for weeks- that pafled wtre,^ 
She told but moojchs, to make, them leem more femz 
Yet when (he reckned them ftdi drawing near, * 

Each hour didiecm a month, and every month a year^ 


But whenas yet ihe iaw 1am not return. 
She thought to iend fome one to ieek him <mt % 
But none ihe found fo fit to ferve that turn 
As her own feU; toeafe her felf of doubt. 
Now ihe deviz'd amongft the warlike rout 
Of errant Knights, to feek her errant Knight ; 
And then again refolvM to hunt him out 
Amongit loofe Ladies, lapped in delight : 

And then both Knights envide, and LacUes eke did feight* 


One day, whenas fiie long had fought for ea& 
In every place, and every place thought beft^ 
Yet found no place, that could her liking pleaie. 
She to a window came, that open*d Weft« 
Towards which coaft her Love his way addieft. 
There looking forth, ihe in her heart did find 
Many vain fancies, working her unreft ; 
And fent her wing^ thoughts, more fwiit dian wind^ 

To bear unto her^Love the mefibge of her mtnd» 



There as (he lobked UAg^ ac laft flie fpidef 
One coming towards her with hafty fpeed : 
Well weend (he then^ ere him (he plain deicri<fef 
That it was one feot from her Love indeed* 
Who when he nigh approacht, (he mote aread 

{ That ic was Tabis^ JrJbegal his groom $ . 
Whereit her heart was Sid widi hope and dread i • 
Ne would (he. fkay, ttli he in place could come, .' 

But r9ii to meet him forth^ to know his ddings. (omt^ 


£*en in the door htm meetings (he beguii ; 
And where ia he tl^y Lord, and how fiu* hence ? 
Declare attonce; and hath he loft or woq ? 
The iron man» albe he wanted (enfe 
And forrows feelings . yet .with confcienGe . . 
^ fats ill newS) did inly chilj and quake. 
And ftopdftill mute> as. one in.gcea*^ fufpence. 
As if that by his filence he would make . 

Her rather read his meaning* than.hiiii&lf it fpake. 

Till (he again thus faid ; Tabisbt bold; . - 
And tell whatever it be good or bad. 
That from thy tongue thy hearts intent doth hold 
To whom he thus at len^h, The tidings fad. 
That I would hide, will needs I fee be r*ad. 
My \jord (your iJove) by hard mifliap doth lie 
In wretched bondage, woefully beftad. 
Ay me, quoth (he, what wicked deftiny ? 

And is he vanqui(ht by his tyrant enemy ? 


Not by that tyrant, bii^ intended foe'; 
But Jby a tyrannefs, he then replide. 
That him capcived hath in haplefs woe. 
Ceafe thou bad news-man : badly doft thou hid^ 
Thy nfiafters ihame, in harlots bondage tide. 
The reft my felf too readily can fpeLL 
With that in rage (he turn*d from him aTide 
(Forcing in vain the reft to her to tell) 

And to her chamber went like folitary celh 

5 w3 




There (be began to make her mdanfull plaint 
Againft her Knight, for being fo untrue •, 
And him to couch with falflioods foul attaint, 
That all his other honour overthrew. 
Oft did (he blame her felf, and often rue, 
For yielding to a ftrangers love fo light, 
Whofe life and manner^ ftrange Ihe never knew j 
And evermore flic did him Iharply twight 

For breach of faith to her, which he had firmly plight. 


And then flie in her wrathful! will did ca((, 
How to revenge that blot of honour blent ; 
To fight with him, and goodly die her lad : 
And then again (he did her felf torment, 
In6i<^ing on her felf his punifhment. 
Awhile flie walkt, and chauft ; awhile ftie threw 
Her felf upon her bed, and did lament : 
Yet did flie not lament with loud alew. 

As women wont, but with deep fighs, and (ingults few» 


Like as a wayward child, whofe founder fleep 
Is broken with feme fearfull dreams affright, 
With froward will doth fet himfelF to weep j 
Ne can be ftili'd for all his nurfes might. 
But kicks, and fquals, and flirieks for fell defpight : 
Now fcratching her, and her loofe locks mifufing-, 
Now feeking darknefs, and now feeking light ; 
Then craving fuck, and then the fuck refufing : 

Such was this Ladies fit, in her Loves fond accudng. 


But when flie had with fuch un<]uiet fit^ 
Her fejf there cioie affiidted long in vain. 
Yet found no eafemont in. her troubled wits. 
She unto Talus forth returned again. 
By change of place feeking toeafe her pain *, 
And 'gan enquire of him, with milder mood. 
The certain cauie of yirfiegals detain : 
And what he did, and in what ftate he flood, 

And whether be did woo, or whether he were woo'd^ 
Vol. II. P 




Ah well-away ! faid then the iron man. 
That he is not the while in ftate to woo ; 
But lies in wretched thraldom, weak and wan. 
Not by ftrong hand compelled thereunto. 
But his own doom, that none can now undo. 
Said I not then, quoth (he, ere-while aright. 
That this is thing compad betwixt you two. 
Me to deceive of faith unto me plight. 

Since that he was not forced, nor overcome in fight ? 


With that, he 'gan at large to her dilate 
The whole difcourfe of his captivance fad. 
In fort as ye have heard the fame of late. 
All which, when ihe with hard endurance had 
Heard to the end, (he was right fore beftad. 
With fudden ftounds of wrath and grief attone : 
Ne would abide, till ihe had anfwer made ;' 
But ftraight her felf did dight, and armour dan ; 

And mounting to her deed, bade ^alus guide heron. 


So forth Ihe rode upon her ready way. 

To feek her Knight, as Talus her did guide : 

Sadly ihe rode, and never word did fay. 

Nor good nor bad, ne ever lookt afide. 

But itill right down, and in her thought did bide 

The felnefs of her heart, right fully bent 

To fierce avengement of that womans pride. 

Which had her Lord in her bafe prifon pent. 

And lb great honour with fo foul reproach had blent. 


So as ihe thus melancholick did ride. 

Chawing the cud of grief and inward pain. 
She chanc'd to meet, toward the even-tide 
A Knight, that fbftly paced on the plain. 
As if himfclf to folace he were fain. 
Well iliot in years he fcem*d, and rather bent 
To peace, than needlefs trouble to conftrain. 
As well by view of that his veftiment. 

As by his modeil ftmh!anr, that no evil meant. 

Canto VI. T H E F A I R Y QU E EN. 2€ 7. 

He coming near, 'gan gently her falute 
With courteous words, in the xnoft comely wize % 
Who though defirous rather to reft mute. 
Than terms to entertain of common guize. 
Yet rather than fhe kindnefs would defpize, 
She would herfelf difpleafe^ fo him requite. 
Theii 'gan the other further to devize 
Of things abroad, ^ next to hand did light. 

And many things demand, to which fhe anfwerM tights • 


For little Juft bad fhe to talk of ought. 
Or ought to hear, that mote delightful be i 
Her mind was whole pofleifed of One thought. 
That gave none other places Which whenaii he 
By outward figns (as well he mi^ht) did fee^ 
He lift no longer to ufe loathful fpeech^ 
But her befought to take it well in gree, 
Sich Ihady damp had dimd the heavens reach. 

To lodge with him that night^unlefs good caufe empeach« 


The championefs, now feeing night at dore^ 
Was glad to yield unto his good requeft : 
And with hiin went without gainfaying more. 
Not far away, but little wide by Weft, 
His dwelling was, to which he him addreft } 
Where foon arriving they received were 
In feemly wife, as them bcfecmed beft : 
For he their Hoft them goodly well did chear^ 

And talkt of pleafant things, the night away to wear« 


Thus paffing th* evening well till time of reft. 
Then Britomari unto a bowre was brought \ 
Where grooms awaited her to have undreft. 
But fbe ne would undreffed be for ought, 
Ne dofFher arms, though he her much befoUght^ 
For fhe had vow'd, fhe faid, not to forgo 
Thofc warlike weeds, till fhe revenge had wrought 
Of a late wrong upon a mortal foe \ 

Which -fhe would fure perform, betide her #eal ot woe* 

JP a 



Which when her Hoft perceiv'd, fight difcoatent ' 
In mind he grew, for fear left by that art 
He fliould his purpofe mifs, which clofe he ment : 
Yet taking leave of her he did depart. 
There all that night remained Britomart. 
Reftlefs, rccomFortlcfs, with heart deep grieved. 
Not fufiring the leaft twinkling fleep to ftart 
Into her eye, which th* heart mote have relieved 5 

But if the leaft appeared, her eyes fhe ftraight reprieved. 


Ye guilty eyes,* faid (he, the which with guile* 
My heart at firft bctray'd, will ye betray [ 

My life now too., for which a little while 
Ye will not watch ? falfe watches, weal-away, 
I wote when ye did watch both night and day 
Unto your lofs : and now necdi will ye fleep ? 
Now ye have made my heart to vrake alway, 
.Now will ye fleep ? ah ! wake, and rather weep. 

To think of your nights want,that ffiould ye waking keep. 


Thus did fhe watch ^ and wear the weary night 
In wailfull plaints, that none was to appeafe; 
Now walking foft, now fitting ftill upright. 
As fundry change her Teemed beft to eafe. 
Ne Krfs did Talui fufFcr fleep to feize 
His eye-lids fad, but watchM continually. 
Lying without her door in great difeafe j 
Like to a Spaniel waiting carefully 

Ltft any lliould betray his Lady treachenoufly. 


What time the native Bel man of the night, 
'['he bird chat warned Peter of his fell, 
Firft rings his filver bell t* each fleepy wiglit, 
That fliculd their minds up to devotion call. 
She heard a wondrous noife below the hall; 
All fuddenly the bed, whereftic fliould lie, 
By a falfe trap was let adown to fall 
Into a Ipwer room, and by and by 

The loft was raifd again, that no^nan could it fpie. 

Canto Vl. THE-FAIRY QUEENv aa^ 


With fight whereof (he was difmayd right fore, - ^ 
Perceiving well the treaforiy whkrh was meant : 
Yet ftirred not at all for doubt of more, 
9ut kept her place with courage confident, 
Waitipg what would enfue of that event. 
It was not long, before fhe heard the found 
Of armed men, coming with clofe intent 
Towards her chamber j at which dreadful ftound 

Shequj^kly caught her fword,and ihi^ld about her bound, 


With th^t, there came unto her chamber dorf 
Two Knights, all armed ready for to fight i 
And after them full many other more, 
A rafcal rout, with weapons rudely dight* 
Whom foon as Talus fpide by glimpfc of nighty 
He ftarted up, there where on ground he lay. 
And in his hand his threfher re^dy keigh^ 
They feeing that, let drive at him ftraightway, 

And round about him preace in rioi;oM3 array. 


But foon as he began to lay about 

With his rude iron flail, they 'gao to fiy. 
Both armed Knights and eke unarmed rout : 
Yet Talus aiftcr them apace did ply, 
Whprevcr in the dark he could them fpy i 
That ^here and there like fcatcred fheep they jay. i 
Then back returning, where his Dame did lie, . 
He to her told the ftory of that fray. 

And ali that trcafon there intendt:4.did bewray*. '. ; 


Wherewith though wondrous wroth, and inly burning 1' 
To be avenged for fo fcul a deed, 
Yet being torc^d t' abide the days returning, 
She there rcmainM, but with right wary hted^ ' ^ 
Left any more fuch prafticc fliQuld proceed,. ■ " 
Now fnote ye know (that which to BritQmuri . . 
Onknowtn was) whence all this did proceed : I 
And for what caufe fo great miichievou^ fraget. ; 

y(^ ip?ant to her, that nc;ver cyU meant. io htarr, - ;" 




The goodman of this houfe was Bolon highc, 
A man of fubcil wit and wicked mind, 
That whilome in his youth had been a Knight, 
And arms had borne, but little good could find, 
And much lefs honour by that warlike kind 
Of life : for he was nothing valoroust 
But with fly fliifts and wiles did undermtnd 
All noble Knights, which were adventurous. 

And many brought to (hame by treafon treacherous^ 


]H[e had three fons, all three like fathers (bns, 
Like treachcroys, like full of fraud and guiie| 
Of all that on this earthly compafs wonns : 
The eldeft of the which was flain crewhile 
By Artbegalj through his own guilty wile ; 
His name was Guizot: whofe untimely fate 
For to revenge, full many treafons vile 
His father Dolm had devizM of late 

With thefe his wicked fons, and fhewd his cancred hate^ 


f*or fure he weend, that this his prefent gueft 
Was AnbegaU by many tokens plain ; 
But chiefly by that iron page he gueft. 
Which ftill was wont mih\/4rtbegal remain; 
And therefore meant him furely to have flain. 
But by Gods grace, and her good heedinefs. 
She was prefcrved from that traytrous train. 
Thus flic all night wore out in watchfulnefs, 

l^e fuflred flothfutl fleep her eye- lids to opprefs, 


The morrow next, fo foon as dawning hour 
Difcovered had the light to living eye. 
She forth ifluM out of her loathed bowr, 
With full jntent t* avenge that villany, 
On that vile man, and all his family. 
And doming down to fcek them where they wond, 
^or fire, nbr fons, nor any could flie fpy : 
Each room flic fought, but them all empty fond : 

T'hey all yftrt ped for fe^r j but whither, neither kond, 



She faw it vain to make there longer (lay, 
But cook her fteed *, and thereon mounting light, 
Gan her addrefs unto her former way. 
She had not rid the mount'nance of a flight. 
But that (he faw, there prefent in her fight, 
Thofe two falfe brethren, on that perilous bridge. 
On which Pollaite with Arthegal did fight. 
Screight was the paflage like a ploughed ridge. 

That if two met, the one mote needs tall ov'r the lidge. 


There they did think themfeives on her to wreak : 
Who as ihe nigh unto them drew, the one 
Thefe vile reproaches *gan unto her fpeak ; 
Thou recreant falfe tray tor, that with lone 
Of arms haft knighthood ftoln, yet Knight art none. 
No more (hall now the darknefs of the night 
Defend thee from the vengeance of thy fone ; 
But with ihy blood thou Ihalt appeafe the fpright 

Of GmzoTy by thee flain, and murdred by thy (light. 


Strange were the words in Britomdrtis ear ; 
Yet ftayd ihe not for them, but forward far*d. 
Till to the perilous bridge fhe came : and there 
Tahs defir'd, that he might have prepar'd 
The way to her, and thofe two lofcls fcar'd. 
But fhe thereat was wroth, that for defpight 
The glancing fparkles through her beaver glared. 
And item her eyes did fiafh out fiery light. 

Like coals, that through a filver cenfer fparkle bright. 


She ftayd not to advize which way to take ; 
But putting fpurs unto her fiery beaft. 
Thorough the midil of them (he way did make. 
The one of them, which mofl her wrath cncreaft. 
Upon her fpcar (he bore before her bread. 
Til} to the bridges iurther end (he paft; 
Where falling down, his challenge he releaft : 
The othtr over fide the bridge (he caft 

Into the river, where he drunk his deadly laft. 

p 4 



As when the flalhiiig^levin haps to Hgh^ 

U|>on two ftubbora i^aks, which ftand fo n^ar» 

That way betwixt thecn npne appears in fighc i 

The engine, fiercely flying forth» doth tear 

Th'one from (he earth, and through the air doth i>ear 

The other it with force doth overthrow, 

Upon one fide, and from the roots doth rear ; 

So did the cbampionefs thofe two there ftrow. 

And to their fire their carcafles left to beftow . 


Britomart cgmes So Ifis cbwrcby 
Where Jhe ftfdfige vijtans fees : 

She fights with Radigund, bar fiajs 
Md Arthegal thence frets. 


Nought is on Arth more facred or divine. 
That Gods and men do equalJy adore. 
Than this fame vcrtue that doth right define : 
For th'hcavens themfclves, whence mortal men implore 
Right in their wrongs, are rul'd by righteous lore 
Of higheft Jove^ who doth true Juftice deal 
To his inferioiir Gods, and evermore 
Therewith contains his heavenly common-weal : 

The fkill whereof to Princes hearts he dpth xcveai. 


Well therefore did the antique world invent. 
That Jufcice was a God of foveraine grace. 
And altars unto him, and temples lent. 
And heavenly honours in the higheft .place ; 
Calling him great OJyris^ of the race 
Of th' old ^Egyptian Kings that whilome were i 
With feigned colours (hading a true cafe ; 
For that Gfyris^ whilft he lived here. 

The juliice man alive, and trueft did appear. 



His wife was ^, whom they likewife made 
A God^efs of great powre and fovrainty^ 
And in her perfon cunningly did (hade 
That part of Jufticc which is equity^ 
Whererfl have to treat here prefentJy. 
Unto whofc temple whenas Britomart 
Arrivcdj slhe with great humility 
Did enter in, ne would that night depart ; 

But ^alus mote not be admitted to her part. 


There (he received was in goodly wize 
Of many Priefts, which duly did attend 
Upon the rites and daily facriBce, 
All clad in Hnhen robes with filver hemd ; 
And on their heads wich long locks comely Icemd, 
They wore ricih mitres ihaped like the Moqn, 
To (hew that Jfis doth the Moon portend ; 
Like fis Ofyris fignifies the Sun, 

For that they both like race in equal juftice run. 


The championels them greeting, as (he could. 
Was thehce by them into the temple led ; 
Whofe goodly building when (he did behold. 
Borne upon (lately piliours, all di(rpread 
With (hining gold and arched over-head. 
She wondred ac the workmans paQing skill* 
Whofc like before (he never faw nor read \ 
And thereupon long while (lood gazing (till. 

But thought that (be thereon could never gaze her fill; 


Thenceforth unto the idol they her brought, 
The which was framed all of (ilver fine. 
So well as could with cunning hand be wrought. 
And clothed all in garments made of line, 
Hemd all about with fringe of filver twine. 
Upon her head (he wore a crown of gold. 
To (liow that (he had powre in things divine; 
And at her feet a Crocodile was rolid, 

Thit with her wreathed tail her naiddle did enfold. 

834 THE FAIR T CiUEEN. BookV. 


One foot was fet upon the Crocodile, 
And on the ground the other faft did ftand. 
So meaning to fupprefs both forged guiie. 
And open force : and in her other hand 
She ftretched forth a long white flender wand 
Such was the Goddefs ; whoofi when BrUamarf 
Had long beheld, herfelf upon the land 
She did proftrate, and with right humble heart 

Unto herfelf her fileot prayers did impart. 


To which the Idol as it were inclining. 
Her wand did move, with amiable look. 
By outward fhew her inward fe nfe defigning. 
Who well perceiving, how her wand (he (hook» 
It as a token of good fortune took. 
By this, the day with damp was overcaft. 
And joyous light the houfe of Jove forfook : 
Which when flic faw, her helmet Ihe unlac*d, • 

And by the alurs fide her felf to flumber piac*d« 


For other beds the Priefts there ufed none. 
But on their mother Earth's dear lap did lye. 
And bake their fides upon the cold hard ftone, 
T'enurc thcmfelves to fufterance thereby j 
And proud rebellious flefli to mortify. 
For by the vow of their religion. 
They tied were to ftedfaft chaftity. 
And continence of life ; that all forgon. 

They mote the better tend to their devotion. 


Therefore they mote not tafte of fleflily food, 
Ne feed on ought the which doth blood contain^ 
Ne drink of wine : for wine they fay is blood i 
Even the blood of Giants, which were flain 
By thundring Jove in the PbUgrean plain. 
For which the earth (as they the ftory tell) 
Wroth with the Gods, which to perpetual pain 
Had damn'd her fons, which 'gainft them did rebell^ 

With inward grief and malice did a^nft them fwell. 

Canto Vn- THE FAIRY QUEEN. 135 


And of their Vital blood, the which was Ihed 
Into her pregnant bofom, forth Ihe brought 
The fruitful] Vine; whofe liquor bloody red. 
Having the minds of men with fury fraught. 
Mote in them (lir up old rebellious thought. 
To make new war againft the Gods again : 
Such is the powre of that fame frpit, that nought 
The fell contagion may thereof reftrain *, 

Ne within reafons rule, her madding mood contain. 


There did the warlike Maid heriUf repofe. 
Under the wings of Ifis all that night ; 
And with fweet reft her heavy eyes did clofe. 
After that long days toil and weary plight. 
Where whilft her earthly parts with fott delight 
Of fenfelefs fleep did deeply drowned lie. 
There did appear unto her heavenly fprighc 
A wondrous vifion, which did ciofe imply 

•The courfe of all her fortune and pofterity« 


Her feemM as ihe was doing facrifize 
To yU^ deckt with mitre on her head. 
And linnen ftole, after thole Prieftes guizc, 
All fuddainly Ihe faw transfigured 
Her linnen ftole to robe of fcarlet red. 
And moon-like rnitr^ to a crown of goldi 
That even (he herfelf much wondered 
At fuch a change, and joyed to behold 

Her felf, adorned with gems and jewels manifold. 


And in the midft of her felicity. 
An hideous tempeft feemed from below. 
To rife through all the temple fuddainly. 
That from the altar all about did bk)W 
The holy fire, and all the embers ftrow 
Upon the ground : which kindled privily. 
Into outrageous fiames unwares did grow. 
That all the temple put in jeopardy 

Of Baming, and her feif in great perplexity. 




With that, the Croeodilc, which ilWiJing lay 
Under the Idols feet in fcarlefs bowrc, 
Sccnx'd to awake in horrible difmay. 
As being troubled with that ftormy ftowre 5 
And gaping greedy wide did Araighc devour 
Both flames and tempeft ! wich which growen great, 
Apd fwoln with pride of hi» own peerleft powre. 
He 'igan tp threaten her likewife to eat ; . 

6ut.{Jxat the Godddfa with her rgdhim back did beat. 


Tho turning ^n his pride to huq^bkra meekj . 
Himfelf befprc her feet he lowly th few. 
And 'gan for grace and lovt of her to ftck : 
Which &c accepting, he fo near her drew, 
Th^t of his game ihc foon emwonobed grew. 
And forth did bring a Lion of great might, . 
That (hordy did all other beads fubdue. 
With that fhe waked full of fcvful fright. 

And doubtfully difxnayd through uncoiuh fight. 

" XVII. 

So thereupon long while (he mufing lay. 
With thoufai^d thoughts feeding her fantafy, 
Untill (he'fpide the lamp of lightfome day. 
Uplifted in the porch of heaven high. 
Then up ihc rofe fraught with melancholy, 
.And forth into the lower parts did pafs ^ 
Whereas the Priefts (he found full bufily 
About their holy things for morrow tnafs 3 

WhoUiflie falutiiig fair, fair refaluted was. ... 


But by the change of her unchearful look. 

They might perceive (he was not well in plight s 
Or that fgme penfivcnefs to heairt (he to«ic. 
Therefore thus one of them (who feem'd in light 
To be the greace(t, and the gravcft wight) '. 
To herbtfpake; Sir Knight, it feems to. me* . 
That thorough evil reft of this laft night, . 
Or ill apaid, or much difmayd ye be, ;. 

That by your change of chear is ea(ic for to fee«r 

CantAVn. THE FAIltY QJU.EiEN. 2J7. 


CertesfiMd ftie, fith yc fo wellhracrpide . ' . ; ; 
The troublous pafiion of my penfivse mindy 
I will not feek the fame from you to hide, 
But^ill my carts unfold, in hope to find. 
Your aid'to guide me out of errour bliod. . 
Say on quoth he the fecret of your heait : 
For by the holy vow whichxine doth bind) 
I am adjor'd belt counfel to impart 

To all that (hall require my comfort in their fmart. 


Then 'gan (he to declare the whole difcourfe 
Of all that vifion which to her appear'd^ 
As well as to her mind it had recourfe. 
All which when he unto the end had heard. 
Like to a weak faint-hearted man he far'd. 
Through great aftoni(hment of that ftrange (ight ; 
And with long locks upftandir^ ^fly (bir'd. 
Like one adawed with fome dreadful fpright : 

So filld with i^aifeniy fiary, thitt he. her behight^. ; ^ J 


Magnifick ^rgin, thtt In queint di%uife 
Of Britifli arofis dod maik thy royai blood. 
So to puifue a perilkms emprite, . 
How cauid'ftxbou Weea^ithcough^hatdifguifcdhood, 
To bids thy ftato from being underftood f 
Can fromr th'ihiniortal: Gods ought hidden be i 
They do^hy linage, and thy T^rdly brood.^ 
They do thy Sirey fomenting fore for thee ; . . 

Itiey'd6 thy Lore,, fiorlorn in wooiens thraldom Xc(». ' 


The end wher^tf, and all. the long event. 
They do to thee in this fame dream difcovcr. 
For thac fame Crocodile doth represent 
The righteous Knight, that is thy ikithfuU Lover, 
Like to ail juft endeavour, 
Forthat £ime Crocodile OJyris is^ 
Thac under ^ feet dodi fleep for ever: 
To ihew that clemence oft in things ami^s, 

Reflrains^hofe (tern behells, and cruel doQ(ns of his^ . 



That Knight fliall all the troublous ftonbs afliiagl^ 
And rasing flames tbat many foes Ihall rear» 
To hinder thee from the juft heritage 
Of thy Sires crown^ and from thy country deair4 
Then flialt thou take him to thy loved Fere^ 
And join in equal portion of thy realm : 
And afterwards a fon to him (halt bear^ 
That Lion like (hall (hew his powre extream« 

So blefs thee God, and give thee joyance of thy dreanfi4 


All which when (he unto the end had heard^ 
She much was eafed in her troublous thought. 
And on thofe Priefts beftowed rich reward x 
And royal gifts of gold and (ilver wrought. 
She for a prelent to thdr Goddefs brought. 
Then taking leave of them, (he forward wene^ 
To feek her Love^ where he was to be fought i 
Ne refted till (he came without relent 

Unto the land of Amazons^ as (he was bent. 


Whereof when news to Radiguni wa^ broug^ 
Not with amaze^ as women wonted be. 
She was confu(ed in her trouUous thought^ • 

But fiUd with coumge and with joyous glee^ 
As glad to hear of arms, the which now (bt 
Had long furceaft^ (he bade to open bold. 
That (he the face of her new foe misht fee. 
But when they of that iron man had told« 

Which late her folk had (lain,(he bade them forth to hold* 


So there without the gate (as feemed beft) 
She cau(ed her pavilion be pight ; 
In which ftout Britamart her felf did reflf 
Whiles ^alus watched at the door all night. 
All night likewife they of the town in mght. 
Upon their wall good watch and ward did keep^ 
The morrow next, fo foon as dawning light 
Bade do away the damp of drouzy (leep. 

The warlike Anazon out of her bowre did peq>. 



And caufed ftraight a trumpet loud to (hrill. 
To warn her toe to battle foon be preft : 
Who long before awoke (for (he full ill 
Could deep all night, that in unquiet breaft 
Did clofeiy harbour fuch a jealous gueft) 
Was to the battle whylome ready dight. 
Eftfoons that warriourefs with haughty creft 
Did forth iiTue all ready for the fight : 

On th^ocher fide her foe appeared foon in figlit* 


But ere they reared hand, the Jmazon 
Began the ftreight conditions to propound. 
With which Ihc ufed ftill to tye her fone ; 
To ferve her fo, as (he the reft had bound. 
Which when the other heard, (he fternly frownd 
For high difdain of fuch indignity, 
And would no longer treat, but bade them found. 
For her no other terms fhould ever tie 

Than what prefcribed were by laws of chevalne. 


The trumpets ibund, and they together run 

With greedy rage, and with their faulchins fmotc ; 
Nc either fought the others ftrokes to (hun. 
But through great fury both their (kill forgot» 
.And pra^tick ufe in arms ; ne fpared not 
Their dainty parts, which nature had created 
So fair and tender, without ftain or fpot. 
For other ufes than they them tranfiated ; 

Which they now hacktand hew*d,as if fuch ufe th?v hated. 


As when a Tiger and a Lionefs 

Are met at fpoiling of fonie hungry prey. 
Both challenge it with equal greedinefs : 
But firft the Tiger claws thereon did lay ; 
And therefore loth to loofe her right away. 
Doth in defence thereof full fioutly ftond : 
To which the Lion ftrongly doth gainfay. 
That flie to hunt the beail firft took in hond ; 

And therefore ought it have, wherever (he it fond. 



Full fiercely laid the j^bnazim about. 
And dealt her blows unmercifully fore : 
Which Britomari withftood with courage ftout^ 
And them repaid again with double more. 
So long they fought that all the grafly Hore 
Was BUd with blood, which from their fides did Bow, 
And gufhed through their arms, that all in gore 
They trode, and on the ground their lives did (Irow, 

Like fruidefs feed^ of which untimely death fhould grow. 


At laft proud Radiguftd with fell delight. 
Having^ by cliance.e^fpide advantage near. 
Let drive. at her with all her dreadful might. 
And thus upbraiding, faid i This token bear 
Unto the man whom thou doft love fo dear ; 
And tell him for his fak^ thy life thou gaveft. 
Which fpiteful words {he fore cngriev'd to hear. 
Thus anfwer*d j Lewdly thou my Love depcaveft. 

Who Ihortly muft repent that now fo vainly bravcft. 


Kath'lefs that ftroke fo cruel paflage found. 
That glancing on her (boulder plate, it bit 
Unto the bone, and made a griedy wound. 
That ihe her (hield through raging fmart of it 
Coufd fcarce uphold ^ ye(; iboa ihe it requit. 
For having force incrcaft through furious pain. 
She her fo rudely on the helmet friiit. 
That it empierced to the very brain. 

And her proud perfon low proftrated on the plain. 


Where being laid, tlie wrathful Britonnrfs 
Stayd not till ihe came to her felf again. 
But in revenge both of her Loves diArefs, 
And her late vile reproach, though vaunted vain^ 
And alfo of her wound, which fore did pain. 
She with one (Iroke both head and helmet cleft. 
Which dreadful fight, when all her warlike train 
There prcfent faw, each one (of fenfe bereft) 

Fled faft into thtr town, and her folc Yiftor left. 


But yet fo fuft thijr could not home rttrate. 
But that fwift Talus did the forcmoft win \ 
And prcfling through the preacc unto the gate, 
Peltnel with theffi attonce did enter in. 
There then a piteous flaughter cjid bqgin.: 
For all that ever came widiin his reach. 
He with his iron flail did thrclh Tq thin. 
That he no work at ajl left for the Leach : .: 
Like to an hideous ftorm, which nothing may empeach. 

And now by this the noble conqperefs 
Hcrfelf came in, her glory to partake ; 
Where though revengeful vow Ihe did profefi;. 
Yet when (he faw the heaps which he did make 
Of flaughtred carcafles, her heart did quake 
, For very ruth, which did it almoft rive. 
That Ihe his fury willed him to flake : 
For clfe he fure had left not one alive. 

But all in his revenge of fpirit would deprive, 


Tho when ihe had his execution ftayd, 
She for that iron prifon did inquire. 
In which her wretched Love was captive layd ; 
Which breaking open with indignant ire. 
She entred into all the parts entire. 
Where when (he faw that loathly uncouth fight. 
Of men difguiz*d in womani(h attire. 
Her heart 'gan grudge, for very deep defpight 

Of fo unmanly maflc, in mifery mifdight, 


At laft whenas to her own Love (he came. 
Whom like di%uize no lefs deformed had, 
,At fight thereof abaflu with fecret Ihamc, 
She. turnd her bead afide, as nothing glad. 
To have beheld a fpcdkacle fo fad : 
And then too well believed, that which to- fore 
Jealous fufpec^ as true untruly drad. 
Which vain conceit now flourilhing no more. 

She fooghr wickwth to fal ve his fad misfortunes fore. 
Vot. U. . Q^ 

i4^ t-i!Mi?An(t^ti^?fii::i*: lioskv. 


Not fo great tW>l1*f atfd aftdi*ft»ifeitti ^- ^- "^ - * "• • A 
Did the moft ch^^t ^endope^offets, ' - * • - 
To fee her Lord* that ^^% rtpofted drefif , : - 
And dead long flftcc in dolorous nBiftpefs', * • ' - 
Come home to her ih piteotas wretchednelV, 
After long travtl of* full cwehlEyyeart,---* * 
That ihe knew not his favours fikclinefs*. 
For mahy fears, and many* hoa:ry hairs : • 
•But ftood long flaring on him,"*mongft uncertam fearsF. 

XL. ' 

Ah! my dear Lord; tfrhat fight is tliis, qiidth Ihe, 
What May-ganhe hath misfortune made of you ? 
Where is that dreadful manly look ? . where bt 
Thofe mighty paln^Sj the which ye wont t'^mBrue 
In blood of Kmgs^ ind great hofts to fubd^ie ? 
Could ought onearthfo wondrous changehive wrought. 
As to have rObb*d you of that manly hue ? 
Could fo great courage (looped have to ought ? 

Then farewell. flefhly force; I fee chy pride is nooglit. 

' XLI. 

Thenceforth flie ftraight into a bowre him brought. 
And caused hihi tBofe uncomely weeds undight ; 
And in their (lead for other raiment fought, 
Whereof there ^sls great ftdre, and armours bright. 
Which had been reft from many a noble Knight ; 
Whom thdt proud Jmazon (uhdutd had, 
Whilft Fortune fevour'd her fuecefs in fight: 
In -which wfa^hasihc him anew had clad, 

She was revivVi,- and joy *d much in his femblance glad. 



So there awhile they afifen^ahis* remain'd. 
Him to' refi^fli,' -and her hte wounds to heal : 
During' which fpace Jhe there as Princefs rcign*d^ 
And changingall that form of commonweal. 
The liberty of womea did repeal, 
Which Yfiefy had Jong- ufrirpt; and them reftoring 
. 1^0 mens fubjeftion^ did^^rtie-Juftice deal : 
That all- they, as a God Jefs- her- adoring; 

Her wildom-did-a^mire^ ind hfearkrtcd to her lorin^* 

' • ^ 

CaitfoVII. THE FAIRY QJJEfiN. ^243 


For all dioie Knights, which long in captive (hade 
Had fhrouded been, (he did from ^thraldom free ^ 
And magiftraces of all that cicy made. 
And gave to th^m great living and large fee: 
And thai they (hould for ever faithful be. 
Made them fwear fealty unto Artbegd. 
Who when himfclf now well recour'd did fee. 
He purposed to proceed, what-fo befall. 

Upon his fird adventure which him forth did call. 


Full fad and forrowful was Britomart 

For his departure, her new caufe of grief j 
Yet wifely moderated her own f mart. 
Seeing his honour, which (he tendred chief» 
Confifted much in that adventures prief. 
The care whereof, and h(M>e of his fucccfs 
Gave unto her great comfort and relief. 
That womanifh complaints fhe did reprefs. 

And tempred for the tin^e her prefent heavineis. 


There (he continued for a certain fpace^ 
TiU through his want her^woe did more increafe : 
Then hopeing that the change of air and place 
Would change her pain, and forrow fomewhat ceafC) 
She parted thence, her angui(h to appeafe. 
Mean while, her noble Lord Sir ^tbegail 
Went on his way, ne ever hour did ceafc» 
Till he redeemed had that Lady thrall : 

That for another cantp will oapre fitly fall* 


»44 THE FAIRY QUEEN. . BijokV. 



Prince Arthur, and Sir Arthegal, 

Free Samient from fear : 
Tbef Jlay the Sauldan^ drive his wife 

Adicia to defpair. 


Nought under heaven fo ftrongly doth allure 
1 he fenfe of man, and all his mind poflcfs. 
As beauty's lovely bait, that doth procure 
Great warriours oft their rigour to reprefs, 
And mighty hands forget their manltnefs ; 
Drawn with the powrc of an heart-robbing eye. 
And wrapt in fetters of a golden trefs, 
That can with melting pleafance mollify 

Their hardncd hearts, cnur'd to blood and cruelty. 


So whylome learn'd that mighty Jewifli fwain. 
Each of whole locks di^ match a man in might. 
To lay his fpoils before his Lemans train : 

4 So alfo did that great Oetean Knight 
For his Loves fake his Lions skin undight : 
And fo did warlike Anthony negleft 
The worlds whole rule, for Cleopatras fight. 
Such wondrous powre hath womens fair afpe^t. 

To captive men; and make them-all the world rcjeft, 


Yet could it not ftern Arthegal retain, 
Nor hold from fuit of his avowed quefV, 
Which he had undercane to Gloriane \ 
But left his Love (albe her ftrong requeft.) 
Fair Britomarty in languor and unrcft. 
And rode himfelf upon his firft intent: 
Ne day nor night did ever idly reft •, 
Ne wight but only ^alus with him went. 

The true guide of his way and vcrtuous government. 

Canto VIII. T HE F A I R Y QUE E N. 245 


So travelling, he chanc'd far ofF to heed 
A Damzel flying on a palfrey faft 
Before two Knights, that after her did fpeed 
With all their powre, and her full fiercely chacM, 
In hope to have her ovcrhent at laft : 
Yet fled fhe faft, and both them far outwent. 
Carried with wings of fear, like fowl aghaft. 
With locks all loofs, and rayment all to rent ; ' 

And ever as fhe rode, her eye was backward bent. 


Soon after tbefe, he faw another Knight, 
That after thofe two former rode apace. 
With fpear in reft, and prickt with all his might: 
So ran they all as they had been at bafe. 
They being chafed, that did others chafe. / 

At length he faw the hindmoft overtake 
One ot thofe two, and force him turn his face^ 
However loth he were his way to (lake. 

Yet mote he algates now abide, and anfwer make. 


But th* other ftill purfu*d the fearful Maid ; 
Who ftill from him as faft away did fly, 
Ne once for ought her fpeedy palTage ftaid. 
Till that at length fhe did before her fpy 
Sir Artbegalj to whom (he ftraight did hie 
With gladful hafte, in hope of him to gee 
Succour againft her greedy enemy : 
Who feeing her approach, 'gan forward fet 

To fave her from her fear, and him from force to ht^ 


But he like hound full greedy of his prey. 
Being impatient of impediment, 
Continu'd ftill his courfe, and by the way 
Thought with his fpear him quit^ have overwent. 
3o both together ylike felly bent. 
Like fiercely met. But Arthegal was ftronger. 
And better skill'd in tilt and turnament. 
And bore him quite out of his faddle, longer [wronger. , 

Hua tyvo fpeass length ; fo mifchief over-matcht the 


'm6 the FAIRT queen. Book v. 


And in his fall misfortune him miftook ; 
For on his head unhappily he pight. 
That his own weight his neck afunder broke. 
And left there dead. Mean while the other Knight 
Defeated had the other faytour quight^ 
And all his bowels in his body braft : 
Whom leaving there in that defpiteous plight. 
He ran ftill on, thinking to follow fafl: 

His other fellov^ Pagans which before him paCL 


Inftead of whom, finding there ready preft 
Sir Jribegalj without difcretion 
He at him ran, with ready fpear in reft: 
Who feeing him come ftill fo fiercely on, 
Againft him made again, fo both anon 
Together met, and ftrongly either ftrook 
And broke their fpears ; yet neither has forgon 
His horfes back, yet to and fro long (hook, [quook. 

And totter*d like two towres, which through a tempeft 


But when again they had recovered fcnfe. 

They drew their fwords, in mind to make amends 
For what their fpears had failed of their pretence. 
Which when the Damzel, who thofe deadly ends 
Of both her foes had feen, and now her friends 
For her beginning a more fearful fray ; 
She to them runs in hafte, and her hair rends. 
Crying to them their cruel hands to ftay, 
Uncill they both do hear, what ihe to them will fay. 


They ftayd their hands, when flie thus 'gan to fpeak;. 
Ah ! gentle Knights, what mean ye thus unwiie . 
Upon your fclves anothers wrong to wreak ? 
I am the wrong'd, whom ye did entcrprife 
Both to redrefs, and both' rcdreft. likewife : 
Witncfs the Paynims both, whom ye may fee .^ 
There dead on ground. \Vhat do ye then devifc 
Of more revenge ? if more, then I am Ihe, 

Which was tlie root of all : end your revenge on mc.\ 

Gmto VIII. ' T H E F AI RY ^QJUrE E N. h? 


Whom whea thpy he^rd lb fav, they laokt about. 
To wcct if it werp true as me had. told i 
Wh^re when they faw theif foes dead out of doubt, 
Eftfoons ' they 'gan their wrathful hands to hold. 
And vcji^tails rear each other to belipld. 
Tho whcnas ^rlbegal did \4^tkur view, 
Sa fafr a greature and fa wondrous bold,. 
He much admired both his heart and hue. 

And Ipuched with in tire afieaiop, nigh him drew, 
' ' XUI. 

Saying, Sir Kqighi;, pf pardon I you pray. 
That all unweeting have you wrppg'd thus fpr^ 
SufFring my hand againft my heart to ftray : 
Which if ye pleafc: 4orgiye, I will therefore 
Yield for amen^ my felf yours evermore. 
Or whatfo penance (h^ll by you be read* 
To whom the Prince; Xertes, me need«:th more 
To crave the fame, whom errour fo ftiifled| 

As that I did miftake the living for the dead. 

But fith ye pli;ale, thut both our blames ihall dye, 
Aniends may for the trefpafs foon be made. 
Since neither is endan>ag'd much thereby. 
So 'gan they both jhemlelves full eath perfuad© 
To fair accordance, and both faults to (hade, 
Either embracing other lovingly. 
And fwearing faith to either pn his blade. 
Never thenceforth to nouriib;cnmity. 

But either others caule to main^in iputually. - "" 


Then Artbegal^ *gan'of the Prince .enquire. 

What were thofe Knights which there on ground were 

And h^d received their toUiesi worthy hire, [laid. 

And for what caufe^hey chafed fo that maid. 

Certes, .1 wore not well, the Prince then faid 5 

But by adventure found them faring fo, 

As by the way unwcetingly I ftrayd : 

And lo, the Damzel fclt, whence all did grow. 

Of whoni we may at will the whole occaiion know. 




Then they that Damzel calfed to them nigh. 
And asked her, what were thofc two her fone. 
From whom fhe earft fo faft away did fly j 
And what was fhe herfelf fo woe- begone. 
And for what caufc |)urfuM of them attonc. 
To whom Ihe thus ; then wotc ye well, that I 
Do ferve a Queen that not far hence doth wonne, 
A Prince fs of great powre and majefty. 

Famous through all the world, and honoured far and nigh. 


Her name Mercilla molt men ufe to call ; 
That is a maiden Queen of high renown. 
For her great bounty knowen over all. 
And foveraine grace, with which her royall crown 
She doth fupport, and ftrongly beateth down 
The malice of her foes which her envy. 
And at herhappmefs do fret and frown : 
Yet fhe her fclf^ the more doth magnify. 

And even to her foes her mercies multiply. 


Mongft many which maligne her happy ftatc. 
There is a mighty man, which wonnes hereby. 
That with moft fell defpight and deadly hate. 
Seeks to fubvert her crown and dignity ; 
And all his powre doth thereunto apply : 
And her good Knights (of which fo brave a band ■ 
Serves her, as any Princefs under fky) 
He cither fpoils, if they againft him ftand. 

Or to his part allures, and bribeth underhand. 


Ne him fufHeeth all the wrong and ill 
Which he unto her people does each day; 
But that he feeks by traytrous trains to fpill 
Her perfon, and her facred felf to flay ; * - 

That O ye heavens defend, and turn away 
From her unto the mifcrcant himfelf. 
That neither hath religion nor fay. 
But makes his God ot his ungodly pelf. 

And* Idols ferves j fo let his Idols fcrvc the Elf. ' 


To all which cruel tyranny they fay. 
He IS provokt, and ftird up day and night 
By his bad wife that hight Adicia^ 
* Who counfcis him (through confidence of mighty 

• To break ail bonds of law, and rules of right. 
For fhe herfelf profeflcth mortal foe 
To Jufticc, and againft her ftill doth fight. 
Working to all that love her, deadly woe. 

And making all her Knights and people to do fo. 


Which my liege Lady feeing thought it beft. 
With that his wife in friendly wife to deal. 
For ftint of ftrife, and ftablifhment of reft 
Both to herfelf, and to her commonweal. 
And all forepaft difpleafures to repeal. 
So me in mefTage unto her fhe fenr. 
To treat with her by way of enterdeal. 
Of final peace and fair attonement. 

Which might concluded be by mutual confcnt. 


All times have wont fafe paiTage to afford 
To meflcngers that come for caufes juft : 
But this proud Dame difdaining all accord. 
Not only into bitter terms forth bruft. 
Reviling me, and railing as fhe lufl:; 
But laftly, to make proof of utmoft fhame. 
Me like a Dog fhe out of doors did thruft, 
Mifcalling me by many a bitter name, 

That never did her ill, ne once defcrved blame. 


And laflly that no fhame mi|;ht wanting be. 
When I was gone, foon after me fhe fent 
Thcfc two falfe Knights, whom there ye lying fee. 
To be by them difhonoured and ihent : 
But thankt be God, and your good hardiment. 
They have the price of their own folly paid. 
So faid this Damzel, that hight Samient ; 
And to thofe Knights for their fo noble aid, 

Herfelf mofl grateful fhcw*d, and heaped thanks repaid. 


150 . T H E F A I R.Y QU B:E ^. Book V^ 1 


But thcfy now having throughly, hoard ^nd fcen • 
AH thofe great wrong$,the which that maid compIa^iM 
To have been done againft her Lady Queen, 
By that proud Dame, which her fo much difdaui'd. 
Were moved much thereat, and *twixt them fain'd. 
With all their force to work avengcment ftrong 
Upon the Souldan felf, which it maintained ; 
And on his Lady, th^ author of that wrong. 

And upon all thofe Knights that did to her belong* 


But thinking beft by counterfeit difguile. 
To their delign to make the eafier way, 
They did this complot 'twixt tbemfelvt$ devife ^ 
Firft that Sir Arthegd Ihould him array. 
Like one of thofe two Knights which dead there l^y* 
And then that Damzel, the fad Samiint^ 
Should as his purchaft prize with him convey 
Unto the Souldans court, her to prefent 

Unto his fcornful Lady, that for her had fent« 


So as they had deviz*d. Sir Arthtgd 

Him clad in th' armour of a Pagan Knight ; 
And taking with him, as his vanquifht thrall. 
That Damzel, led her to the Souldans right. 
Where foon as his proud wife of her had fight 
(Forth of her winclow as ihe looking lay) 
She weened ftraight it was her Paynim Knight \ 
Which brought that Damzel, as his purchaft prey % 

And fent to him a Page that mote direlt his way, 


Who brinaing them to their appointed place, 
Ofired bis fervice to difarm the Knight j 
But he refuiing him to let unlace. 
For doubt to be difcover'd by his fight. 
Kept hxmfelf ftill in his ftrange armour dight. 
Soon after whom, the Prince arrived there \ 
And fending to the Souldan in defpigbt 
A bold defiance, did of him requcre 

That Damzel, whom he held as wronj;ful prifonere. 



Wherewith, ^ Souldftn all with fiii^ fraught. 
Swearing, and banning mofl: blafphemoufly. 
Commanded ftraight his armour to be brought ; 
And mounting ftraight upon a charet high, 
With iron wheels and hooks arm'd dreadfully. 
And drawn of cruel fteeds, which he had fed 
With flefh of men, whom through fell tyranny 
He flaughtrcd had, and ere they were half dead. 

Their bodies to his beafts for provender did fpread* 


So forth he came all in a coat of plate, 
Burnifht with bloody ruft ; whiles on the green 
The Briton Prince him ready did await. 
In gliftering arms right goodly well befeen. 
That Ihone as bright, as doth the heaven fheen } 
And by his ftirrup Talus did attend. 
Playing his Pages part, as he had been 
Before diredled by his Lord ; to th* end 

He fhould his flail to final execution bend. 


Thus go they both together to their gear. 
With like fierce minds, but meanings different: 
For the proud Souldan with prefumptuous chear. 
And countenance fublime and infolent. 
Sought only flaughter and avengcmcnt: 
But the brave Prince for honour and for right, 
Gainft tortious powre and lawlefs regiment. 
In the behalf of wronged weak did fight : 

More in his caufes truth he trufted than in might. 


Like to the Tbracian tyrant, who they fay 
Unto his horfes gave his gucfts for meat. 
Till he himfclf was made their greedy prey. 
And torn in pieces, by Alcides great. 
So thought the Souldan in his follies threat. 
Either the Prince in pieces to have tornc 
With his Iharp wheels in his firft rages heat, 
Qr. undicr his fierce horfes feet have borne 

Aod tratkipled down in duil his thoughts difdained fcorJL 

25i . THE FAIRY QUEEN. Bookr. 


But the bold child that peril well efpying. 
If he too raihly to his charet drew. 
Gave way unto his horfes fpccdy flying. 
And their refiftlefs rigour did efchew. 
Yet as he pafled by, the Pagan threw 
A fhivering dart with fo impetuous force. 
That had he not it lhun*d with heedful view. 
It had himfelf transfixed, or his horfe. 

Or made them both one maflfe withouten m<ore remorfe. 


Oft drew the Prince unto his charet nigh. 
In hope ibme ftroke to fallen on him near ; 
But he was mounted in his feat fo high. 
And his wing-footed courfers him did bear 
So faft away, that ere his ready fpear 
He could advance, he far was gone and pad. 
Yet ftill he him did follow every where. 
And follow'd was of him likewife full faft ; 

So long as in his fteeds the flaming breath did laft. 


Again the Pagan threw another dare. 

Of which he had with him abundant ftore. 
On every fide of his embattled cart, 
And of all other weapons lefs or more. 
Which warlike ufes had deviz'd of yore. 
The wicked ihaft guided through th' ayrie wide^ 
By fome bad fprite, that it to mifchief bore, 
^tayd not till through his cuiras it did glide. 

And made a griefly wound in his enriven fide. 


Much was he grieved with that haplefs throe, 
That opened had the well-fpring of his blood. 
But much the more that to his hateful foe 
He mote not come, to wreak his wrathful mood. 
That made him rave, like to a Lion wood. 
Which being wounded of the huntfmans hand 
Cannot come near him in the covert wood. 
Where he with boughs hath built his ihady ftand. 

And fenc'd himfelf about with many a flaming brand* 



Still when he fought t* approach unto him nigh. 
His charet wheels about him whirled round. 
And made him back again as fad to fly ; 
And eke his fteeds, like to an hungry hound. 
That hunting after game hath carrion found. 
So cruelly did him purfue and chace. 
That his good deed, all were he much renownM 
For noble courage, and for hardy race, 

Durfl: not endure their fight, but fled from place to place. 


Thus long they trac'd, and traverft to and fro. 
Seeking by every way to make fome breach : 
Yet could the Prince not nigh unto him go. 
That one fure ftroke he might unto him reach. 
Whereby his ftrengths a0ay he might him teach. 
At lad from his vidtorious fhield he dre^ 
The veil, which did his powreful light empeach ; 
And coming full before his horfes view. 

As they upon him preft, it plain to them did jQiew. 


Like lightning flaih, that hath the gazer bum*d. 
So did the (ight thereof their &nfe diftnay. 
That back again upon themfelves they turn'd. 
And with their rider ran perforce away : 
Ne could the Souidan them from flying ftay. 
With reins, or wonted rule, as well he knew. 
Nought feared they, what he could do or fay. 
But th* only fear that was before their view ; 

From which like mazed Deer, diiinayfully they flew« 


Faft did they fly, as them their feet could bear. 
High over hills, and lowly over dales. 
As they were followed of their former fear. 
In vain the Pagan banns, and fwears, and rails, • 
And back with both his hands unto hitn hails 
The refty reins, regarded now no more : 
He to them calls and fpeaks, yet nought avails ; 
They hear him not, they have forgot his lore. 

But go. which way they lift, their guide they have foriore. 


As when tlw firy mouthed fteeds, which' drew 
The Suns bright wain to Phaetons decay^ 
Soon as they did the monftrous Scorpion view, 
"With ugly crapies crawling in their way. 
The dreadful fight did them fo fore affray. 
That their well knowcn courfes they forwent ; 
And kading th' ever burning lamp aftray. 
This lower world nigh all to a(hes brent. 

And left their fcorched path yet in the firmament. 


Such was the fury of tbcle headftrong fteeds. 
Soon as the Infants funlike (hield they faw. 
That all obedience both to words and deeds 
They quite fbi^t and Icom^d all former law ; 
Through woods and rocks,and mountains they did draw 
The iron charet, and the wheels did tsar. 
And toft the Paynim, without fear or awe ; 
From fide to fide they toft him here and there. 

Crying to them in vain, that n'ould his crying hear. 


Yet ftiQ the Prince purfu'd him clofe behind. 
Oft making ofier him to fmite, but found 
No eafie means iuxording to his mind. 
At laft they, haye all overthrown to ground 
Quite topfide turvey, and the Paf^ hound 
Amongft tht iron hooks and grapples keen. 
Torn all to rags, and rent with many, a wound : 
That no whole piece of him was to be iisen. 

But fcattred all about, and ftrow'd upon the green. 

, XLin. 

Like as the curied Son of TJfefimSj 
That following his cbace in dewy .mA-n^ 
To fiy ius flcpdames Jove outrageous. 
Of his own fteeds was. aU to pieces torn. 
And his fair iimbs left in the woods foxlom \ 
That for his fake JDiana did Jament, « 

And all the woody Nymphs..did wail and mourn : 
So was this Souldan rapt and all to rent. 

That of his jhape appeared no little noionument. 

Canto V5II.^HEFA1HY QUEEN. ^55 


Only his Ihield and armour^ which there lay^ 

Though nMhing Whole, iHit ail too bruis'd and broken. 

He up did uke, and with him brought away. 

That nnote remain for an eternal token. 

To all 'moi>gft whom this ftory fliould be fpoken. 

How worthily, by heavens high decree, 

Juftice riiat day of wrong herfelf had wrokenj 

That all itien which that fpe&acle did fee. 

By like enfample mote for ever warned be. 


So on a tree before the tyrants dore. 

He caufed them be hung in all mens fight ; 

To be a monument for evermore. 

Which when his Lady from the c^les height 

Beheld, it nhuch appalPd her troubled "(pright : 

Yet not as women wont in doleful fit^ 

She was difmayd, or fainted through afiright. 

But gacherd unto her her troubled wit. 

And 'gan eftfoons devife to be avenged for ic. 


Straight down Ihe ran like an enraged Cow, 
That is berobbed of her youngling dear. 
With knife in hand, and fatally did vow. 
To wreak her Gn that maiden meflengere. 
Whom (lie had caused be kept as prifonere 
Bjr j&tbegal^ mi(ween*d for her own Knight, 
That brought her back : And coming prefcnt tfisrc. 
She at her ran with all her force and might; 

All flaming with revenge and furious defpight. 


Like raging /A^, when with kri^ hi hand 
She threw 4ier hu(band*s mundred infant out ^ 
Or fell Medea^ wheti on €M?i^Jk' ftrtkiid 
Her brothers, bones (he fcattred all about ; 
Or as chat madding n;>othe*r, 'ftiongft the rout 
;Of Bacchus Prieftsher own dear Ae(h did tear. 
Yet^neithcr 69c ^ ti^t-AAJea ftou(, 
Nor ail the Ai^nades fo turious were, 

A% this bold woman, when lhc'iaw<hftt Damzel there. 



But Artbegai being thereof aware. 

Did (lay her cruel hand, ere ihe her raught» 
And as (he did her felf to (brike prepare. 
Out of her fi(t the wicked weapon caught : 
With that, like one enfelon'd or|^i(lraught. 
She forth did roam, whither her rage her bore^ 
With frantick pa(rion, and with fury fraught \ 
And breaking forth out at a poftern dore. 

Unto the wild wood ran, her dolours to deplore, 


As a mad Bitch, w^enas the frantitk (it 

Her burning tongue with rage inflamed hath. 
Doth run at random^ and with furious bit 
Snatching at every thing, doth wreak her wrath 
On man and beait that cometh in her path. 
There they do fay, that ihe transformed was 
Into ^a Tiger, and that Tigers fcath 
In cruelty and courage (he did pafs. 

To prove .her firname true, that (he imppfed has. 

Then Artb^d himfelf difcovtring plain. 
Did iifue forth 'gainft all that warlike rout 
Of Knights and armed men, which did maintain 
That Ladies part, and to the Souldan lout : 
All which he did aifault with courage (tout. 
All were they nigh an hundred Knights of name. 
And like wild Goats them chaced all about. 
Flying from place to place with coward (hame. 

So that with (inal foxce them all he overcame. 


Then caufed he the gates be opened wide \ 
And there the Prince as vi^or of that day. 
With triumph entertained and glorifide, 
Prefenting him with all the rich array* 
And royal pomp, which there long hidden lay, 
Purchaft through lawlefs powre and tortious wrong 
Of that proud Souldan, whom he ear ft did (lay. 
So both for reft there having ftaid not long, 

Marcht with that Maidi fit matter for another fong. 


C A N T O IX. 

Arthur and Arthcgal caub Guile^ 

IVbom Talus doth difina^: 
TJbgy to Mercillas palace come^ 

And fu her rich arraj. 

I. * 

TXT'hat Tiger, or what other falvage wight 

^^ Is \o exceeding furious and fell. 
As Wrong, when it hath arm'd it felf with nfiight ? 
Not fit *nionft men, that do with reafon mell, 
But 'mongit wild bcafts and falvage woods to dwell ;' 
Where (till the ftronger doth the weak devour. 
And they that mofl: in boldnefs do excell^ 
Arc dreaded mod, and feared for. their powre : 

Fit for Micia there to build her wicked bowre. 


There let her wonnc far from refort of men. 
Where righteous Artbegal her late cxii*d \ 
There let her ever keep her damned den. 
Where none may be with her lewd parts defil'd. 
Nor none but beads may be of her defpoil'd : 
And turn we to the noble Prince where lace 
We did him leave, after that he had foiled 
The cruel Souldan, and with dreadful fate 

Had utterly fubverced his unrighteous (late. 


Where having with Sir Artbegal a fpace 
Well folac'd in that Souldans late delight. 
They both refolving now to leave the place. 
Both it and all the wealth therein behight 
Unto that Oamzel in her Ladies right. 
And fo would have departed on their way. 
But (he them woo*d by all the means (he might. 
And earneftly belought to wend that day 

"With her to fee h^r Lady thence not far away. 
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25« THE FAIRY^QiJEEN. Book V^ 


By whoie entreaty 4>oth they overcomen. 
Agree to go with her, and by the way, 
(As often falls) a£ fundry things did commen. 
'Mongft which that Damzell did to them bewray 
A ftrangc adventure, which not far thence lay ; 
To weet, a wicked Tillain bold and ftout. 
Which wonned in a rock not far away. 
That robbed all the country thereabout. 

And brought the pillage home, whence none could get it 

V. [out. 

Thereto both his own wly wit, flie faid. 
And eke the faftnefs of his dwelling place. 
Both unaflailable, gave him great aid : 
For he fo crafty was to forge and face. 
So light of hand, and nimble of his pace. 
So fmooth of tongue, and fubtle in his tale. 
That could deceive one looking in his face ; 
Therefore by name Malengin they him call, 

"Well knowen by his feats, and famous over alL 


Through thefe his flights he many doth confound : 
And eke the rock in which he wonts to dwell. 
Is wondrous ftrong, and hew'n far under ground 
A dreadful depth, how deep no man can tell ; 
But fome do fay, it goeth down to Hell. 
And aTl within it full of windings is. 
And hidden ways, that fcarce an hound by fmell 
Can follow out thofe falfe footlteps of his, 

Ne none can back return that once are gone amifs^ 


Which when thofe Knights had heard, their hearts *gan 
To underftand that villains dwelling place, ■ [yearn. 
And greatly it defir'd of her to learn. 
And by- which way they towards it (hould trace. 
Were not, faid ihe, that it fhould let your pace- 
Towards my- Ladies prefcnce by you meant, 
I would you guide dire^kly to the place. 
Then let not that faid they ftay your intent. • 

For neither will <>nc foot^ tiH we rfiait Carle have hent. 

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CanfolX. THE FAIRY QUEEN. 259 


So forth they pift, till they approached nigh 
Unto the rock where was the villains wonne, 
Which when the Pamzel near at hand did fpy. 
She warn'd the Knights rhereoT: who thereupon 
*Gan to advize what bed were to be done. 
So both agreed to fend that Maid afore. 
Where ihe might (it nigh to the den alone. 
Wailing, and railing pitiful uprore. 

As if ihe did fonie great calamity deplore. 


With noife whereof whenas the caitive Carte 
Should ifiue forth in hope to find fome fpoil, 
They in await would clofely him enfnarle. 
Ere to his den he backward could recoil, 
And fo would hope him eafily to foil. 
The Damzel ftraight went as (he was direded. 
Unto the rock ; and there upon the foil 
Having her (cJf in wretched wife abje^d, 

'Gan weep and wail, as if great grief had her afFeded, 


The cry whereof entring the hoUow cave, 

Eftfoons brought forth the villam, as they meant. 

With hope of her fome wifhful boot to have. 

Full dreadtul wight be was, as ever went 

Upon the earth, with hollow eyes deep pent. 

And long curld locks, chat down his fhpulders Ihag^*d, 

And on his back an uncouth veftiment. 

Made of ftrange ftufi^ but all too worn and ragged ; 

And underneath, his breech was all too torn and jagged. 


And in his hand an huge long ftaff he held. 
Whole top was arm'd with many an iron hook. 
Fit to catch hold of all that he could weld. 
Or in the compafs of his clouches took -, 
And ever round about he caft his look. 
AIs at his back a great wide net he bore, 
With which he feldom fifhed at the brook, 
But us'd to fi(h lor ibote on the dry ihQre, 

Of which bs in fair weather wopt to uke great ftore. 

R 2 



Him when the Damzel faw fall by her fide. 
So ugly creature, (he was nigh difmay'd •, 
And now for help aloud in earned cride. 
But when the villain faw her fo afiraid. 
He 'gan with guileful words her to perfuade 
"To banifli fear : and with Sardoman fmile 
Laughing on her, his falfe intent to fhade, 
*Gan forth to lay his bait her to beguile. 

That from herfelf unwares he might her ftcal the while. 


Like as the Fowler on his guileful pipe, , 
Charms to the birds full many a pleafant lay. 
That they the whiles may take lefs heedy keep. 
How he his nets doth for their ruin lay : 
So did the villain to her prate and play. 
And many pleafant tricks before her ihow. 
To turn her eyes from his intent away : 
For he in fleights and jugling feats did flow. 

And of legier-demain the myileries did know. 

XIV. , 

To which whilft (he lent her intentive mind. 
He fuddenly his net upon her threw. 
That overfpread her like a pufF of wind ; 
And fnatching her foon up ere well (he knew. 
Ran with her faft away unto his mew. 
Crying for help aloud. But whenas nigh 
He came unto his cave, and there did view 
The armed Knights (lopping his paflage by. 

He threw his burden down and fafl away did fly* 


But Artbcgal him after did purfue. 

The whiles the Prince there kept the entrance ftill : 
Up to the rock he ran, and thereon flew 
Like a wild Goat, leaping from hill to hill. 
And dancing on the craggy cliffs at will ; 
That deadly danger feem'd in all mens light. 
To tempt fuch fteps, where footing was fo ill : 
Ne ought availed tor the armed Knight, 

To think to follo^)^him that was fo fwift andJigbt* . ^ 

Canto IX. THE FAIinr QUEEN. a6i 


Which when he faw, his iron man he fent 
To follow him : for he was fwifc in chacc. 
He ^im purfrfd wherever that he went, 
Both over rocks, and hills, and every place : 
Wherefo he fled, he foUow'd him apace : 
So thsvt he fhortly forc'd him* to forfake 
The height, and down defcend unto the bale. 
There he him courft afrefli, and foon did make 

To leave his prGd>er form, and other Ihape to take. 


Into a Fox himfelf he firft did tourn ; 
But he him hunted Uke a Fox full fad : 
Then to a bufh himfelf he did transform ; 
But he the \)u(h did beat, till that at laft 
IntQ a Bird it changed, and from him paft. 
Flying from tree to tree, from wand to wand : . 
But he then it fo long did caft. 
That like a ftone it fell upon the land. 

But be then took it Up, and held faft in his hand. 


So he it brought with him unto the Knights, 
And to his Lord Sir Artbegal it lent, 
Warqtog htm hold it fall, for fear of fleights. 
Who whilft in hand it griping hard he hent. 
Into an Hedgehog all unwares it went. 
And prickt bim fo, that he away it thre^. 
Then 'gan it run away incontinent, 
Being returned to his former hue : 

But l^alus foon him over-took, and backward drew. 


But whenas he would to a Snake again 
Have turned himfelf, he with his iron flail 
'Gan drive at him, with fo huge might and main. 
That all his bones, as fmall as fandy grail 
He broke, and did his bowels difentrail \ 
Crying in vain for help« when help was pad. 
So did deceipt the felf deceiver fail : 
There they him left a carrion outcaft. 

For bea(|s and fowls to feed upon for their repaft. 

R 3 

tfz THE FAIiYQUREN.. BookV^ 

Thenceforth they piiied with chat geittle Maid, 
To fee her Lady^ as they did agree. . ■ 

To which when fhe appioacbed^ thus ihe/aid ^ 
Lo now, right noble Knights, arrived ye be 
Nigh to th^ place which ye defir^d to (ee : 
There ihall ye feo my fov'raine Lady Queen, 
Mod facred wight, moft debonair and ^eie. 
That ever yet uf3O0 this earth was feen. 

Or that with diadem l^ath ever crowned been. ^ 


The gentle Knisht rejoicxd much to hitu 
The praifes of'thi£ Prince fo manifold ; 
And pa01ng little further, comen were 
Where they a (lately palace did behold. 
Of pompous ihow, much more dian flic had tdd i 
With many towres, and tarras mounoed high 
And all their tops bright gliftering with gold. 
That feemed to outlhine the dimmed sky. 

And with thir brightnefs dazM theilrange ixboldert^ eye^ 


There they alighting, by that Danitti were 
Directed in, a^d ihewed all the fi^c : 
Wliofe porch that moft magnifick did appear. 
Stood oppn wide co ail naen day and night i 
Yet warded well by one of mickk might,- 
That fate cbereby, with Giant<>like retcmblance. 
To keep out guiie, and malice, and defpight, ' 
That under Ihew oft*times of feigned femblance. 

Are wooit in Princes courts to ^work great fcath and hin- 

XXIIL [drancc^ 

His name was Jwt ( by whomf. they pafflng in 
Went up the hall, that was a large wide room. 
Ail fuJl of people making troublous din, 
And wondrous ooife, as if that there were fome. 
Which unto them were dealing righteous doom. 
By whom they paffing through the thickeft preace. 
The Marfhal ot the hall to them did come^ 
His name hight Order^ who commanding peace. 

Them guided through the throng, that did their clamours 




They ceaft their damours upon thetti to gud *» 
Whom feeing all in armour, bright as day, 
Strang^ there to fee» it did thenpt much amaze^ 
And with unwonted terrour half affray. 
For nerer faw they there the like array* 

. Ne evor was the name of war them (poken. 
But joyous peace and quietoefs alway» 
Dealing juft judgemcntiy that mote not be broken 

For any bribes^ or threats of any to be wioken. 


Thereas they entred at thie. Icriene^ they faw 
Some one whpfe tongue, was for his trefpafs vile 
Naild to a poft adjudged fo by law : 
For that therewiah he faifely did revile, . 
And foul blafpfacKtie that Queen for forged guile. 
Both witk boJd fpoeches, which he blazed had» 
And with kwd poems, which he didcpmpile ; 
For the bold title of a Poet bad 

He jdo hioifeif l^d ta*en» and railing rbiiBes had fprftd. 


Thus there he flood, whiUl high over his head. 
There writtei) was the purport of h|S fin. 
In cyphers ftrange, that few could riehtly read» 
BON F O N S : but j5m that once had written bin. 
Was raced out, and Mai was now put in. 
So no^ Malfons was plainly to be read; 
Either for th'evil, which he did therein^ 
Or that he liken'd was to a well-head 

Of evil words, and wkrked flanders by. hi(njih<;4* ; 


They paffing by, were guided by d*grce ' 
Unto the prefence of that gracious Queen : • 
Who fate on high, that ihe might ail men fte» 
And might of all men royaily be feen, x 
Upon a throne of gold iixW bright and fheen 
Adorned all with gems of endk& price, 
As either might for wealth have gotten been, ^ 
Of could be tram'd by workmans rare device ; 

And all emboft with Lions, and with flowrdelice. 




All over her^a cloth of ftate was fpread. 
Not of rich tifiew^ nor of cloth of gold^ 
Nor oi ought dfe, that may be richeft read. 
But like a cloud, as likeft may be told, 
That her broad fpreading«wings did wide unfold ; 
Whofe fkirts were bordred with bright funny beams, 
Gliftring like gold amongft the pleights enrold. 
And here and there Ihooting forth filver ftreams^. 

MongO; which crept little Angels through the glittering 

XXIX. [gleams. 

Seemed thofe little Angels did uphold 

The cloth of ftate, and on their purpled w ings 
Did bear the pendants, through their nimblefs bold • 
Befides a thoufand more of fuch as fings 
Hymns to high God, and carol heavenly things, 
Encompafled the throne, on which (be fate ; 
She Angel-like, the heir of ancient Kings 
And mighty conquerors, in royal ftate, 

Whilft Kings and Kefars at her feet did them proftrate* 


Thus fhe did fit in foveraihe niajefty. 
Holding a fcepter in her royal hand. 
The facred pledge of peace and clemency, 
'With which high God had bleft her happy land, 
Maugre fo many foes, which did withftand. 
But at her feet her fword was likewife laid, 
Whofe long reft, rufted the bright fteely brand ; 
.Yet whenas foes enforced, or friends fought aid. 

She could it fternly draw, that all the world difmay'd. 


And round about, before- her feet there fate 
A heavy of fair Virgins clad in white. 
That goodly fcem'd t'adorn her royal ftate. 
All lovely Daughters of high Jove^ that hight 
UUy by him begot in loves delight. 
Upon the righteous Themis : thofe they fay. 
Upon Joves Judgement-feat wait day and night. 
And when in wrath he threats the worlds decayi 
They do his anger calm, and cruel vengeance flay. * 




They alfo do by his divine permiffion. 

Upon the thrones of mortal Princes tend, ' 
And often treat for pardon and remifflbn > 
To fuppliaots, through failty which offend^ 
Thofe'did upon MarciUas throne attend: 
Jaft Dice^ wife Eunonde^ mild Eirme ; 
And them amongft, her glory to commend^ 
Sate goodly ^emperamce in garnients clean , 

And £icred Reverencei yborn of heavenly ftrene. 


Thus did fhe fit in royal rich eftate, 
AdmiPd of many, honoured of ail ; 
Whilft underneath her feet there as (he fate. 
An huge great Lion lay, that mote appall 
An hardy courage, like captiwd thrall. 
With a flxong iron chain and collar bound. 
That once he could not move, nor quich at all ; 
Yet did he murmur with rebellious found. 

And foftiy roync, when falvage choler 'gan redound. 


So fitting high in dreaded foverainty, 

Thofe two ftrange Knights were to her prefence brought; 

Who bowing low before her Majefty, 

Did to her mild obeyfance, as they ought. 

And meekeft boon, that they imagine mought. 

To whom (he eke incHning her wichall. 

As a fair (loop of her high-foaring thought, 

A chearful countenance on them let fall. 

Yet temprcd with fome Majefty imperiall. 


As the bright Sun, what time his fiery team 
Towards the weltcrn brim begins to draw, 
'Gins to abate the brightnefs of his beam. 
And fervour of his flames fomewhat adaw : 
So did this mighty Lady, when fhe faw 
Thofe two ftrange Knights fuch homage to her make. 
Bate fomewhat of tnat Majefty and awe« 
That wbylome wont to do fo many quake, 

And with more mild afped thofe two to entertake. 



Now at that inft^nt is occafion felU 
When thofc two ft ranger Knights arri^'d in place^ 
She was about a&trs of coimnoflhweat^ 
Dealing of Juftice with indifferent graoei» 
And hearing pleas of people mean and baie. 
Mongft which as then, there was for to be heaid. 
The trial of a ^eat and weighty cafe. 
Which on both fides was then debatifig- hard : 
But at the fight of thefe^ thofe wece awhife debaid. 

But after all her Princely entertain, * - 

To th' hearing of that fbmner caufe in hand. 
Her felf Eftfoons ihe 'gan convert again ; 
Which that thofe Knights likewife mote underftand^ 
And witnefs forth aright in foreign land. 
Taking them up unto her ftatply throne^ 
Where they moca hear the matter throughly fcand 
On either part, ihe placed th' one on th' one. 
The other on the other fide, and near them nohe« 

Then was there brought as prifoner to the bar, 
A Lady of great countenance and. place. 
But that (he it with foul abufe did mar ; 
Yet did appear rare beauty in her face. 
But blotted with condition vile and bafe. 
That all her other honour did obfcure. 
And tiides of nobility deface : 
Yet in that wretched femblant, (he did dire 
The peoples great compaifion unto her allure. 

Then up arofe a perfon of deep reach. 
And rarp ihfight, hard matters to reveal ; 
That well eould charm his tongue, and time his fpeech 
To all aflays; his name was called Zeal: 
He 'gan that Lady fttongly to appeal 
Of many heinous crimes, by her enur'd ; 
And with Iharp reafons rang her fuch a peal. 
That thofe, whom (he to pity had allur'd. 
He now t' abhor and loath her perfon had procured. 

Caitto K. T H E F A I R Y^ QUE E N. 2^7 

Firft 'gan he tell how this that feemM fo gair ' 
And royally arrayd, Dueffa h^bt. 
That falfe Duejfa, which had wrought gfeat care^ 
And miokle mifchief ' unto many' a Knight, 
By her beguiled,' and confounded qiiight ; * 
But not for thofe (he now in oueftion came. 
Though alfo thoie mote queltion'fl be aright^ 
But for vile creafons, and cuti^aj^ous fhame, . 

Which flieagaioft the dred Mo'^Ula oft did frame. 


For Ihe whylome (tt ye mote yet right well 
Remember) had her counfels lalfc confjHf'd*, 
With faitbiofs Blandamour and Paridett 
CBoth two her Paramours, both by her hiF'd, 
And both with hope of fhadows vain infpir'd) 
And with them praAiz'd how for to deprive 
Mercilla of her crown, by her afpir'd, 

. That ihe might it unto her felf derive. 

And triumph in th^ir biood,whom ihe to death did drive* 


But through high heiaVeas grace (which favours not 
The wicked drifts of tfayterous deHens, 
*Gainft loyal Princes) all this curfed plot. 
Ere proof it took, difcover'd was betimes. 
And th' aAors won th^ meed meet for their crimes.. 
Such be the meed of all, that by fuch mean 
Unto the type of kingdoms title climbs. 
But falfe Vueffa^ now untitled Queen, 

Was brought to her fad doom, as here was to be leen. 


Strongly did Zeal her heinous faft enforce. 
And many other crimes of foul defame 
Againft her brought, to banifh all remorfe. 
And aggravate the horrour of her blame. 
And with him to make part againft her came 
Many grave perfons, that againft her plead ; 
Firft was a fage old Sire, that had co name 
I'he Kingdonu care^ with a white filvcr head. 

That many high regards and reafons 'gainft her read. 



Then 'gan Authcrity her to oppofe 
With peremptory powre, that made all route % 
And then the Law of Nations *gainft her rofe, 
And reafons brought, that no man could refute ; 
Next, 'gan Religion 'gainft her to Jmpute 
High Gods bebeaft, and powre of holy laws ; 
Then 'gan the peoples cry, and Commons fute. 
Importune care of their own publick caufe ; 

And laftly, Jufiice charged her with bicach of laws« 


But then for her on the contrary part, 
Rofe many advocates for her to. plead : 
Firft there came Pity with full tender heart. 
And with her join'd Reg/srd of womanhead ; 
And then came Danger threatning hidden dread,. . 
And high alliance unto foreign powre ; 
Then came Nobility of birth, that bred 
Great ruth through her misfortunes tragick ftowre ; 

And laftly Grief did plead, and many tears forth poure. 


With the near touch whereof in tendet* heart 
The Briton Prince was fore compafTionate 
And wox inclined much unto her party 
Through thd fad terrour of fo dreadful fate. 
And wretched ruin of fo high eftate ^ 
That/ for great ruth his courage 'gan relent* 
Which whenas Zeal perceived to abate. 
He *gan his earneft fervour to augment. 

And many fearful objects to them to prefent, 


He 'gan t' effbrce the evidence anew. 

And new accufements to produce in place ; 
He brought forth that old Hag of helliih hue» 
The curfed yf/^, brought her face to face. 
Who privy was, and party in the cafe : . 
She glad of fpoil and ruinous decay. 
Did her appeach, and to her more difgrace. 
The plot of all her praftice did difplay. 

And all her trains^ and all her treafons forth did lay^ . 

Canto IX, THE FAIRY! QJJEEN. 269- 

Xbcn brought he forth, with grieily grim afpc£t. 
Abhorred Murder^ who with bloody knife 
Yet dropping frefli in hand did her deteft. 
And there with guilty bloodflied charged rife : 
Then brpught .he forth Sedition^ breeding ftrife 
In troublous wits, and mucinous uprore : 
Then brought he forth Ltcontinenct of life. 
Even foul Adultery her* face before. 
And lewd Impiety^ that her accufed fore. 


All which whenas the Prince bad heard and ieen» 
His former fancies ruth he 'gan repent. 
And from her party eftfoons was drawn clean. 
But Artbegaly with conllant firm intent. 
For zeal of Juftice was againll her bent. 
So was (he guilty deemed of them all. 
Then Zeal began to urge her punifhment. 
And to their Queen for judgment loudly call. 

Unto Merdlla mild for Juftice 'gainft the thrall, 


But (he, whofe Princely breaft was touched near 
With piteous ruth of her fo wretched plight. 
Though plain (he faw by all that (he did hear. 
That flie of death was guUty found by right. 
Yet would not ktjuft vengeance on her light; 
But rather let inftead thereof to fall 
Few perliog drops from her fair lamps of light \ 
The which (he covering with her purple pall 

Would have the paflion hid, and up arofe wichaii. 




Prince Arthur takes the enterprife^ 

Fof' Beige /^r io fight: 
Gerioneo's Sene/chal 

He Jk^s in Belge^s rigbt^ 



Some Clarks do doubt in their deviceful art. 
Whether this heavenly thing whereof I treat. 
To wceten Aferry^ be of Juftice pare. 
Or drawn forth from her by divine extreat. 
This well I wote, that fure (he is as great. 
And meriteth to have as high a place, 
Sith in th* Almighty's cverlafting feat 
She firft was bred, and born of heavenly race; 

From thence poured down on men, by influence of grace. 


For if that vertufe be of To great might. 

Which from juft verdi6fc willfor nothing ftart. 

But to preferve invidlated right. 

Oft fpills the principal to fave the part y 

So much more then {$ that of powre aiKl art. 

That feeks to fav^ the fubj<6t or hei? (kill. 

Yet never doth from do6m rf right depart : 

' As it is greater praife to Tkve tban-i{jill, I 

And better to reform, ttiai^ to cut o^ the ill. 


Who then cah thee, Mercillay throughly praife. 
That herein doft all earthly Princes pafs ? 
What heavenly Mufe fhall thy great honour raife 
Up to the Ikies, whence firft derived it was. 
And now on earth it felf enlarged has. 
From th* utmoft brink of the jirmerick fliore. 
Unto the margent of the Molucas f 
Thofe nations far thy juftice do adore : 

But thine own people do thy mercy praife much more. 

^ancoX. THE FAIRY QUEEN. tjt 

Much nawe ic praifed was of thofe two Knights j 
The noble Prince, and righccous Arlbegall, 
When they had fecn and heard her doom arights 
Againfl Du^a^ damned by chem ail ; 
But by her tempred without grief or gall. 
Till (trong conftraint did her thereto enforce. 
And yet even then rueing her wilful fall, 
With more than needful natural remorfe, 
And yielding the laft honour to her wretched corfe. 

During all which, thofe Knights continued there. 
Both doing and receiving courtefies, 
Of that great Lady, who with goodly chear. 
Them entertained, fit for their dignities. 
Approving daily to their noble eyes 
Royal examples of her mercies rare, 
And worthy patterns of her clemencies ; 
Which to this day *mong(l many living are. 
Who them to their pofterities do ftill declare. 

Amongft the reft, which in that fpace befell* 
There came two Springals of full tender years. 
Far thence from foreign land where they did dwell. 
To feck for fuccour oiher and her Peers, 
With humble prayers and intreatful tears i 
Senc by their mother, .who a widow was. 
Wrapt in great dolours and ia<leddly fears^ 
By a ftrong tyrant, who invaded has 
Her land, and Oain her children ruefully, alasf 

Her name was Belge^ who in former age 
A Lady of great worth and wealth had been. 
And mother of a fruitful heritage. 
Even feventeen goodly fons ; which who had feen 
In xheir, before this fatal teen 
Them ovenook, and their hit bloiToms blafted, 
More happy mother would her furely ween, 
Than famous Mc^, before (he tafted 
Zi/^^i/ childyfrtj wrath, that all b(^r ifl^e wafted. 




But this fell tyrant through his tortious powre. 
Had left her now but five of all that brood : 
For twelve of them he. did by times devour. 
And to his Idols facrifice their ^blood, 
Whilft he of none was (lopped, nor withftood. 
For foothly he was one of matchlefs might. 
Of horrible afpect, and dreadful mood. 
And had three bodies in one waifl: empight. 

And th'arms apd legs of three, to fuccour him in fight. 


And footh they fay, that he was born and bred. 
Of Giants race, the fon of GeryoHy 
He that whylome in Spain fo fore was dred 
For his huge powre and great oppreflion. 
Which brought that land to his fubjeflion. 
Through his three bodies powre, in. one combined ; 
And eke all ftrangers in that region 
Arriving, to his kine for good aiTign'd ; 

The faireft kine alive, but of the fierceft kind. 


For they were all, they fay, of purple hue, 
Kep: by a cow-herd, hight Emyium ; 
A cruel Carle, the which all ftrangers flew, 
Ne day nor nj^ht did fleep, t'attend them on. 
But walkt about them ever and anon. 
With his two-headed Dog, that Oribrus hight ^ 
Ortbrus begotten by great TypbaoUj 
And foul Echidna^ in the houfe of night; 

But Hercules them all did overcome in fight. 


His fon was this, Geryeneo hight : 
Who after that his monftrous father fell 
Under Alcides club»« ftraight took his flight 
From that fad land where he Jiis fire did quell, . 
And came to this, .where Bdge then did dwell» 
And flouriflbt in all wealth and happinefs, . . 
Being then new m^de widow (as boell) 
After her noble husbands. Ute deceafe ; 

Which gave .beginning to her woe. and wretchednefi. 

C:BiitoX. THE FAIRY C^UEEN. iyj 

Then this bold tytMt^ of her widowhead ; 

Taking advantage^ and her yet frefh woes^* 
Hicnielf and fervice to her offered. 
Her to defend againll all foreign foes. 
That ihould their powre againft her right oppofe* . 
Whereof (he glad, now needing ftrong defence^ 
Hint) entertained, and did her champion chofct. \ i 

Which long he us*d with careful diligence, j 

The better to confirm her fearlefs confidence; ^ 

By means whereof, (he did at laft commit 
All to his hattds^ and gave him foveraine powre - 
To do whatever he thought sood or fit. . . 

Which having got, he *gan forth from that houm 
To ftirr up ftrire, and many a tragtck ftowre^ 
Giving her deareft children one by one 
Unto a dreadful monfter to devoure. 
And fctting up an Idol of his own. 
The imiige of bis monftrous parent Gayone. 

So tyrannizing, and oppreHing all. 
The woeful widow had no means now left^ 
But unto gracious great McrcUla call 
For aid againft that cruell tyrants theft. 
Ere all her children he from her had refL 
Therefore thefe two, her eldeft fons, fhe lent 
To feek for fuccour of this Ladies gieft : \ 

To whom their fuit they humbly did prefent, 
In th' hearing of full many Knights and Ladies gent/ 

Amongd the which, then fortuned to be 
The noble Briton Prince, with his brave Peer : 
Who when he none of all thofe Knights did fee 
Haftily bent that enterprife to hear. 
Nor undertake the fame for coward fear. 
He flepped forth with courage bold and great| 
Admired of all the reft in prefence there. 
And humbly 'gan that mighty Queen e;ntreat. 
To graiit iiim that a^yenture for bia fprmer feac . 
Vol. II. $ 

174 THE FAIRY QUEEN. tiookTi 


She gladly granted it : tlien he ibra^fatway^ 
Himfcif unco his journey 'gan prepare. 
And all bis armours ready dight that day. 
That nought the morrow next mote ftay his fare« 
The morrow next appeared, with purple hair 
Ye( dropping frefli out of the Indian fount. 
And bringing light into the heavens fair. 
When he was ready to hia fteed to mount. 

Unto his way, which now was all his care and coimt. 


Then taking humble leave of that great> Queen, 
Who gave him royal gifts and riches rare. 
As tokens of her thankful mind befeen. 
And leaving Artbegd to his own care ^ 
Upqn his voyagi: forth he 'gan to fare. 
With thofe two gentle youths^ which him did guide^ 
And all his way before him dill prepare. 
Ne after him did Arthegal abide. 

But on his firft adventure forward fprtk did rkfe. 


It was not long, till that the Prince arriv'd 
WithiQ the land, where dwelt that Lady fad^ 
Whereof that tyrant had her now depriv'dy 
And into moors and marlhes banifht had. 
Out of the pleaiant foil, and cities glad. 
In which ihe wont to harbour happily : 
But now his cruelty ib iott fhe drad« 
Tha; to thofe fens for faftnefs (he did fly $ 

And there her ielf did hide from his hard typamky, 


There he her found in forrow and difmay,. 
All foUtary without living wight v 
For .all her other. children, through afFray^ 
Had hid themfelves, or taken further flight : 
And eke. her ieif through fudden ftrange aflfri^t^ 
Wljcn one in anns fhe iaw, began to fly ; 
But when her own swa fons (he had in fight, 
She/flan take hearty and look up joyfully : 

For welTlfaB wift-shis Knighi? came Aiccour to fupply. 



And running unto them with greedy jof 5, 

Fell ftraigi.t about their necks, as thev did koedir ] 

And burlting forth in tears : Ah my iwctt hoj%^ .. 3 

Said Ihc, yet now I *gin new life to feel ; 

And feeble fpirits, that 'gan faint and reeU 

Now rife again, at this yopr joyous fight. 

Already feems that Fortunes headlong wheel 

Begins to turn, and fun to ihine more bright 
Than it was wont, through comfort of this ooblc Kolgbli 

Then turning unto him v And you» Sir Knigbtt r 

Said ihe, chat taken have this toilfome pain 

For wretched woman> miferable wight. 

May you in heaven immortal guerdon g$itt 

For fo great travel, as you do fuftftin : 

For other meed may hope for none of mc^ 

To whom nought elie, but bare lif((doth remain ][i 

And that fo wretched one, as ye dO fee 
Is liker lingring death, than loathed life to be* 

Much was he moved with her piteous plight ; 

And low difmounting from his lofty fleed» 

'Gan to recomfort her all that he mightv 

Seeking to drive away deep-rooted dreed. 

With hope of help in diat her gr^ateft neQd# 

So thence he wiihed her with him to wendt 

Unto fome place, where they mote reft and feed, ' 

And ihe take comfort, which God now did fond; 
Good heart in evils doth the evils much ameod« 

Ay me ! faid (he, and whither (hall I go ? 

Are not all places full of foreign powres f . 

My palaces pofleifed of my foe. 

My cities fackt, and their (ky-threatning tpwref 

R^ed, and made fmooth fields now full of flowre^ ? 

Only thefe mari/hes, and miry bogs. 

In which the fearful Ewftes do build their bowres^ 

Yield me an hoftry 'mongil the croaking FrogiS, 
And harbour here ij) fa^jtety from th^c xayeo9H$ D9Vi 

S a 

t^ TH£ FAIRY QUEEN. ifookV. 


Nath'lcfs, faid he, dear Lady with me go: 
. Some place (hall us receive and harbour yield ; - 
If not, we will it force maugre your foe. 
And purchafe it to us with fpear and ihield ; 
And if all fail yet farewell open field : 
The earth to all her creatures lodging lends. 
With fuch his chearful (peeches he doth wield 
Her mind fo well, that to his will (he bends; 

Andbinding up her locks and weeds, forth whh hrm wends* 


They came unto a city far up land. 
The which whylomc that Ladies own had been : 
But now by force extort out of her hand. 
By her ftrong foe, who had defaced clean 
Her ftately towres, and buildings funny (been ; 
Shut up her haven, mard her merchants trade, 
JKobbed her people, that full rich had been. 
And in her neck a caftle huge had made. 

The which did her command, without needing pcrfoadr. 


That caftle was the ftrength of all that ftate, 
Untill that ftate by ftrength was pulled down : 
And that fame city, fo now ruinate. 
Had been the key of all that kingdoms crown i 
Both goodly cafUe, and both goodly town. 
Till that th*dfitedcd heavens lift to tewre 
Upon their blifs, and baleful fortune frown^. 
When thofe 'gainft ftates and kingdoms da conjum> 

Who then can think their headlong ruin to recure? 


But he had biH»^ht it now in fervile bond. 
And madait bear the yoke of inquifttion^. 
Striving long time in vain it to withftond ; 
^ Yet glad a* laftto make moft bafe fubmiffion, 
"And life enjoy for any compofition. 
So now he hath new laws a^d orders new 
• Imp(Js*d bft it, with many a hard condition^ 
And Jbrof d it, the honour that is due 

'ASG^d^tVd^Vflrtohis Idgi moft untrue. • 

1 4. 




To him he hath, before this caftle*greefi, 
Builc a fair chappel, and an altar fram'd 
Of coftly ivory, full rich befec;p. 
On which that curfed Idol far prodaim'd. 
He hath fet up, and hiih his God hath nam'd^ 
Offiring to him in finful facrifize 
The flelh of men, to Gods own likeneis fram'd, ' 
And pouring forth their blood in bruttdi wize, ' 

That any iron eyes to fee it would agrize. 


And for more horrour and more crueltie^ 
Under that curfed Idols altar-flrone ; [ 

An hideous monfter doth in darknefs lie, 
Whofe dreadful fhape was never feen of none 
That lives on earth ; but unto thofe alone 
The which unto him facrificed be. 
Thofe be devours they fay, both RtOx and bone X 
What elfe they have, is all the tyrants fee; 

So that no whit of them remaining one may. fee ; 1 


There eke he placed a ftrong garrifon 
And fet a Senefchal of dreaded might. 
That by his powrc opprefled every one. 
And vanquiihed all ventrous Knights in fight i 
To whom he wont Ihew all the ihame he mtght* . 
After that them in battle he had won. 
To which when now they 'gan approach in fight. 
The Lady counfel'd him the place to (bone. 

Whereas fo many Knights had fouly been fordone. 


Her fearful fpeeches nought he did regard ; 
But riding ftraight under the caftle wall* 
Called aloud unco the watchful ward. 
Which there did wait, willing them forth to call 
Into the field their tyrants Senefchal, 
To whom when tidings th/ereof came, he ftraight 
Calls for his arms, and arming him withall, 
Eftfoons forth pricked proudly in his might. 

And 'gan with couri^e fierce addrcfs lum to the fiditi 


ta7« tHE FAIRY QJJEEN. BookV. 


Th^y both encounter in the middle plain. 
And theif fiiarp fpears do both together fmite 
Amid their ihiel4s, with fo much m^ht and main. 
That feem'd their fouls thcjr would have riven quight 
Out' of their breafts with furious defpight. 
Yet could the Senefchals rto entrance find 
Into the Princes (hield, where it empight : 
So purs die metal vtras and Well refin'd> 

But Ibiver'd all about> and (catter'd in the wind* 


Not fo the Prince's ; but with reftlcfs forcc^ 

Into his fhield it ready pafiage found, ^ 

Both through his haberjeon, and eke his corie : 
Which tumbling down upon the fenfeiefs ground, 
' Gave lew<e unto his ghoft from thraldom bpand. 
To wander in the griefly (hades of night. 
There'did the Prince him leave in deadly fwound. 
And thente unto the caftle marched right. 

To fee if eixcrance there as yet obtain he might. 


But as he nigher drew, three Knights he fpide. 
All arm'd to point, iffuing forth apace. 
Which towards him with all their powre did ride i 
And meeting him right in the middle race, 
' Did ^U their fpears attonce on him enchace. 
As three great culverings for battVy bent, 
Aftd l^veld all againft one certain place. 
Do all attonce their thunders rage forth-rent. 

That makes the walls to ftagger with aftoniAutient : 


So all attonce they on the Prince did thunder ; 
Who from his (addle fwerved nought afide, 
Ne to their force gave way, that was great wonder, 
Biut like a bulwark firmly did abide ^ 
Rebutting him which in the mid(t did ride, 
Witfe (b huge rigour, that his mortal fpear 
Paft through his ihield, and piercM through either (ide^ 
That down he fell upon his mother dear, 

^knd pOMted forth his wretched life ia deadly dt^ar. 



Whom when his other ieJJows &w^lhe][JEi«} .^ 

As faft as feet could carry them away •, 

And after them the Prince as fwiftly iped. 

To be avcng'd of their unknightly play. 

There whilft they entring, t4i*one did th*oc^er ftay. 

The bindmoft in the gace he gpverh^a^ 

And as he prefled in, him there did flay : 

His carcafs tumbling on the threihdd, fent 

His groaning foul unto her place of puniibment. 


The other which W]as entredj laboured faft 
To fpar the gate \ but that fame lun)p of clay^ / 
Whofe grudging ghoft was thereout fled and paflr^ 
Right in the middeft of the threOioid lay, • * 

That it the poftern did from doling ftay : 
The whiles, the Prince had preafed in beeweeh» 
And entrance won* Straight th'other fled away. 
And ran into the hall, where he did ween 

Hiinfelf to fave : but he there Qew him at ti|e fc^fiA* 


Then all the rqft which in that caftle Wfre, 
Seeing that fad enfample them before, 
Durft not abide, but fled away for fear. 
And them conveyd out at a poftern dore . 
Long fought the Prince but when he found 00 Qore 
T'oppofe againft his powrc, he forth iflU*d 
Unto that Lady, where he her had J6r£, . , 
And her 'gan chear with what ihe there bad view^d^ 

And what flie had not feen, within unto her 0/69^^* 


Who with right humble thanks him gtKidly gitetflig» 
For fo great prowefs, as he there had pro«[*d. 
Much greater than was ever in hfcr weeiing. 
With great admirance inwardly was mov'dy 
And honoured him, with all that her bdhor'd* 
Thenceforth into that caftle he her le<^ 
W|th her two fons, right dear of her beloV'd,; 
Where all that night themfelves they cheriftiedg 
And from her balef lU mind aU care he bankbod. 




C A N T O XI. 

- . ' i¥r»^^ Arthur avere^mes the greaf 
Gcrioaeo in fight : 
Doth fiay the pmfkr^ ami revere 
' Beige un^o her rigbu 

It often falls in courfe of common lifet 
That right, long time is overborne of wrongi» 
Through avarice, or powre, or guile, or flrilb. 
That weakens her, and makes her party flrong ) 
But Juftice, though her doom (he do prolong, 
Yet at the laft (he will her own caufe right. 
As by fad Beige feems, whofe wrongs though long 
She fufired, yet at length fha did requight, 

And fent redrefs thereof by this brave Briton Knighc, ^ 

II. , 

^Whereof when news was to that tyrant brought. 
How that the Lady Beige now had found 
A champion, that had with his champion fought. 
And laid his Senefchal low on the ground^ 

^ Andek« himfelf did threaten to confound. 
He 'gan to burn in rage, and frieze in fear^ 
Doubting fad end of principle unfound \ 
. -Ydt (ith he heard but one, that did appean^. 

He did himielf encourage, and take better cheap^ 


Ntthlefs himfelf he armed all in ha((e. 
And forth be far'd with all his many bad» 
Ne ftayed ftep, till that he came at la(t 
Unto the caitle; which they conquerd had. 
TheiJe with huge terrour, to be more ydrad. 
He fternly marcht before the cadle gate ; 
And with bold vaunts, and idle threatning bad 
Ddiver him his own ere yet too late, 

3^9 which they had no rights nor any wrongful! (Ut^ • 


Canto XI. TH E F A I R Y QjtJ E E N. tSi 


The Prince ftaid not his anfwer to devize ; 
But opening ftraight the fpar, forth to Mm came^ 
Full nobly mounted in right warlike wize ; 
And aiked him, if that he were the (kme. 
Who all that wrong unto that woeful Dame 
So long had done, and from her native land 
Exiled her, that all the world fpake (hame. - 
He boldly anfwerd turn, he there did (band 

That. would his. doings, juftifie with bfs own hand. 

With that fo furicMly at him he flew. 
As if he would have over-run him ftraight % 
And with his huge great iron ax 'gan hew 
So hideoufly upon his armour bright, ' 
As he to pieces would have chopt it quight t 
That the bold Prince was forced foot to give 
To his firft page, and yield to his defpigbt ; 
The whilft at him fo dreadfully he drive. 

That feetn*d a marble rock afunder could have rive. 


Thereto a great advantage eke he'has 
Through his three double hands thrice multipnde, 
Befides the double ftrength which in them was : 
For ftiU whM fit occafion did bedde. 
He could his weapon (hift from fide to fide. 
From hand to hand, and with fuch nimblefs Of 
Could wield about, that ere it were efpide. 
The wicked ftroke did wound his enemy, 

jSehiod, befide, .before, as he it lift apply; 


Which uncouth ufe whenas the Prince perceiv'd. 
He 'g^n to watch the wielding of his hand, / 
Left by fuch fleight he were linwares deceived; 
And ever ere he faw the ftroke to land. 
He would it meet, and warily withftand. 
Pne time when he bis weapon feigned to (hift. 
As he was wont, and chang'd from hand to hand. 
He met him with a counter-fbroke fo fwift, 

Tbat quite fmit off his arR)| as he it up did lift^ ^ 

aSa THE FAIRY QU^.eN. Book V^ 


Therewith all fraught with fury sind dilfibiii 
He brayd aloud for very fell (Jcfpightj 
And fudainiy t'avenge himfeif agaio^ 
'Gan into on^ aflembk all the might 
Of all his hands, and heaved them on height, 
ThinHing to pay hioi with that one for aU : 
But the ud fteel fetz'd not, where it was hight» 
Upon the child, but fomewbjd (hort did faU j 

And lighting on h^ horics he^d, htm quite did mall, 

IX- ' 

Down ftraight to^grmind fell his aftetiiflit fteed. 
And eke to th'eiirth his bqrd^ .vrith htm bare : . 
But he hin^felf full lightly from him freed, 
And 'gan bimfelf tp fight on fppt ptepare* 
Whereof whenaa the Giant vas aware. 
He wox right biythe, as he had got thereby. 
And laught fo loud, that all his teeth wide bare 
One might have feen enraung'd diforderly, 

Lil$9 to a rank of piles, that pitched a.^ aw/y. , 


Eftfoons again his a)c he raught on high, 
£re he were throughly buckled to his gpar : 
And 'gan let drive at him fo dreadfully, , 
That had he chanced not his ibield to rear^. 
Ere that huge ftroke arrived on him near. 
He had him furely cloven quite in twain. 
But th'adamantine ihield, whiqh he did bear. 
So well was tempred, that (for all his main) 

It would no paiTage yidd unto hi$ purpofe vasa« 


Yet was the ftroke foforcibly applide* 
That made him ftagger with unpsrtain fway^ 
Aa tf" he would have cotter'd to one fide, 
wherewith full wroth, he. fiercely 'gan ailay. 
That court'iie with like kindnefs to repay ; 
And fmote at him with fo importune might. 
That two more of his arms did fall away. 
Like fruidefs branches, which the hatchets fleight 

Hath pruned from^ tht; pative troe,. and cropped quight^ 

CairtoXL tHE FAIRY- qUEinsr, ^^93 


With that all mod ahd fiuioits lie grew, ' 
Like a fell maftiff through enraging hfcdt^i 

- And curft^ and band, and blafphemies forth threw 
Againft his Gods^ and fire to them did chi^at. 
And hell unto himWf with boirour great. 
Thenceforth he car*d no more, which way he ftrook. 
Nor where it light, but 'gan to ohaufe and fWeat, 
And gna(ht his teeth, and hi^ head at him fhook. 

And fieroly him beheld with grim and gbaftly look. 

Nought fear*d the dhild his looks, nc yet hfc threats, * 
But only wexed now the more aware. 
To fave Imnfelf from thofc' his furious heats. 
And watch advantage, how to work hjs care, 
The which good fortune to him ofired lair. 
For as he in his rage him overftrook. 
He ere he could his weapon back repair. 
His fide ail bare and naked overtook, 

And with his mortal itoeJ quite through the bodyflrooIL 


Through allthrcb bodies he him ftrook attonce^ 
That all the three att6nce fell on the plain : 
Elfe fhould he thrice have needed for the nonce. 
Them to have ftricken, and thrice to have (Iain. 
So now alL three one fenfelefs lump remain,. 
Enwallow'd in hia own black bloody gore. 
And biting th'earth for very death^ difdain ; 
Who with a cloud of night him covering, bore 

Down to the houfe of dole, hit days there to detflore*- 


Which when the Lady from the caftle faw. 
Where flie with her two fons did looking ftand 
She towards him in hafte herfelf did draw, 
To greet him the good fortune of his hand : 
And all the pec^le both of town and land, 
Which there Hood gazing firom the cities wall 
Upoii thttfe warriours, greedy t'underftand 
To whether Ihoukl the vidory befall : 

. Kow when they iam it ialA) they eke him greeted alk 

a84 . THE FAIRY QUEEN. , BaokV^ 


But Beige J with ber fon^ pmftratcd low* • 

^fore h» feet, in all that peoples fig^c, 
'Nfongft joys mixing foime rears, 'mongft weal fome 
Hiip ihuB betake i O moft redoubted Knight, [woe. 
The which haft me of all moft wreKJied wight, 
That <arft was dead, reftor*d to life again. 
And tl^fe weak imps replanted by thy might ; 
What guerdon can I give thee for thy pain. 

But ev'p that which thou iavedft, thine ikill to remain i 


H<p took her up forby the lilly hand^ 
And her recomforted the beft be might. 
Saying, Dear Lady, deeds ought not be fcand 
By ch'authors manhood, nor the doers might. 
But by their truth and by the caufes right : 
That fame is it, vrhich fought for you this day. 
What other meed then. need me to requighr. 
But that which yieldeth, vertues meed'alway ? 

jThat is shi vertue.{ci^ ^iiichiier tonrardxtoth pay. 


She humbly thabkt him for that wondrous gralce. 
And further faid ; Ah Sir, bit mote ye pleafe, 
Sith yt thus far have tendred my poor cafe, 
A^ fn>m my chiefeft foe mc to releafe, . 
That your vidorious arm will not yet ceafe. 
Till ye have rooted all the re licks out 

^ Of that vile race, and -ftablifhed my peace. 
What is there dfe, faid he, left of their root ? 

Dficl^t it boldly, Gtome, and do jiot ftand in doubt. , 


Then wore you. Sir, that in this church hereby 
Th(n^ ftands an idol of great note and name % 
The which this Giant reared firft on high. 
And of his own vain fancies thought did frame i 
To whom for endlefs horrour of his ihame. 
He piFred up for daily fgcrifize 
My children and my people burnt in flame ; 
With all the tortures that he could devize, 

Ti^ more ('aggrate his Qod with foch ^is bloody guize* 

«anto XL I^H E FAIRY QU E E N. iBs 


And underneath this idol there doth He 
An hidebus ttionftcr, that doth it defend, 
And<feeds on all the carcafles that die 
In facrifice unto that curfed Fiend : 
Whofe ugly fliape none ever faw, nor kend. 
That ever fcap*d : for of a man they fay 
It has the voice, that fpecches forth doth fend. 
Even blafphcmous words, which (he doth bray 

Out of her poifhous entrails, fraught with dire decay. 


Which when the Prince heard tell, his heart 'gan yearn 
For great defire that monfter to affay. 
And pray*d the place of her abode to learn. 
Which being fhew*d, he 'gan himfclf ftraigfatway 
Thereto addrefs, and his bright fhield difplay. 
So to the church he came, where it was told. 
The monfter underneath the altar lay ; 
There he that idol faw of mafly gold 

Moft richly made, but there no monfter did behoid. ] 


Upon the image with his naked blade 

Three times, as in defiance there be ftrook ; 
And the third time, out of an hidden fbade. 
There forth iflTu'd, from under th* altars fmook, 
A dreadful Fiend, with foul deformed look. 
That ftretcht tt felf, as it had long lien ftill; 
And her long uii and feathers ftrongly (hook. 
That all the temple did with terrour fill ; 

Yet him nought terrifide, that feared nothing ill. 


An huge great beaft it was, when it in length 
Was ftretched forth, that nigh BH'd all the place. 
And feem'd to be of infinite great ftrength ; 
Horrible, hideous, and of helli(h race. 
Born of the brooding of Echidna bafe. 
Or other like infernal Furies kind : 
For of a Maid (he had the outward face. 
To hide the horrour, which did lurk behind, \ * 

The better to beguile, whom (he fo fond did find* 

286 -THE FAIRY QUEEN. Book V- 


Thereto the body of u Dog fhe had> 
Full of fell r^vin and fierce greedinefs ; 
A Lions claws, with powre and rigour clad. 
To rend and tear whatfo flic can opprcfs ; 
A Dragons tail, whofe fting without redrefs 
Full deadly wounds, wherelb it is empight; 
An Eagles wings for fcope and fpeedincft. 
That nothing may cfcape her reaching mighty 

Whereto flie ever lift to make her hardy flight j 


N(uch like in foulnefs and deformity 

Unto that monftcr, whom the fheban Knighc 

The father of that fatal progeny, 

Made kill her fclf for very hearts defpight. 

That he had read her riddle, which no wight 

Could ever loofe, but fuffred deadly dool. 

So alfo did this monfter ufe like fleight 

To many a one, which came unto her fchool 

Whom ihe did put to death, deceived like a fooK 


She coming forth, whenas flie firft beheld 

The armed Prince, with fliield fo blazing bright^ 

Her ready to afiai], was greatly queld. 

And much difmayd with that difmayful light. 

That back flie would have turnM for great affright* 

But he *gan her with courage fierce aflay, 

That forc'd her turn again in her defpight. 

To fave her felf, left that he did her flay : 

And fure he had her flain, had flicfloj: turn*d her way. • 


Tho when fhe faw, that ihe was forc'd* to figlu. 
She flew at him, like to an hellifh 1: iend. 
And oh his fhield took hold with ail ber might. 
As if that it Ihe would in pieces rend. 
Or reave out of die hand, that did it hend* 
Strongly he ftrove out qf her greedy gripe 
To loofe his fliield, and long while did contend :' 
But ^h^n he could not quit it, with one Aripe 

Her I«>AO&s claws l)e from her feet away did wipe. 

CtotoXI. . THE- FAIRY QUEEK. 2*7 


With tbtt aloqd ihe ^gan 10 brdy and yeU, 
Add foul blafphemous fpeeches forth did caft^ 
And bitter curiea^ horribly to tetl i 
That even the teoiple wberan Ihe was plaft. 
Did quake to hear, and nigb afunder braft. 
The with her huge long tail (he at him (Irook, 
That made him ftagger, and ftand half aghaft 
With trembling joints, as be for terrow fhook ; 

Who nought was terrifidc, but gjxater courage took« 


As when the maft of fome well--timbred hulk 
Is with the blaft of fome outrageous ftorm 
Blown down, it (hakes the bottom of the bulk^ 
And makes her ribs to crack, as they were torA^ 
Whilft ftill Ihe ftands aftoniflit and forlorn » 
So was ihe fton'd with ftroke of her huge tail. 
Bat ere that it fhe back again had borne. 
He with hu fword it ftrook, that without fail ' 

He jointed it, and mar'd the fwinging of her iiaih 

Then *gan (he cry much louder than afore^ 
That all the people (there without) it heard. 
And Belgi felf was therewith ftonied fore. 
As if the only found thereof ihe feard. 
But then the Fiend herfelf more fiercely reard 
Upon her wide great wings, and ilrongly flew 
With all her body at his head and beard ; 
That had he not forefeen with heedful view. 

And thrown bis Ihield atweeii, iht. had him done to tcwi ^ 


But as ihe preft on him with heavy fway. 
Under her womb his fatal fword he thruil, 
And for her entrails made an c^en way. 
To iiTue forth » the which once being bruft. 
Like to a great ivil'dam forth fiercely guihtf 
And poured out of her infernal fink 
Nfoft ugly filth, and poifon therewith ru(ht. 
That him nigh choked with the deadly fi:ink : 

Such.ioathLy matter were imali luft to fpeak or think; ^ 

i88 THE r AIRY QUE EN. Bbdt^ 


Tben dowi> to ground- fell that deformed mafi^ 
Breaching ouc clouds of fulphur foul and blacky 
In which a puddle of contagion was^ 
Moro loathed than Lema^ or than Stygian lake. 
That any man would nigh awhaped make. 
Whom when he faw on ground, h6 was full glad^ 
And ftraight went forth his gladnefs to partake 
With Belge^ who watcht all this while full fad. 

Waiting what end would be of that fame danger drad. 


Whom when he faw lb joyoufly come forth. 
She *gan rejoice, and (hew triumphant chear, 
JLauding and praifing his renowned worth. 
By all the names that honourable were. 
Then in he brought her, and her fliewed there 
The- prefenc of his pains, that monfters fpoil^ 
And eke that idol deem'd fo coftiy dear \ 
Whom he did all to pieces break and foil 

In filthy dirt, and left fo in the loathly foil« 


Then all the people which beheld that day, 
'Gan fhout aloud, that unto heaven ic rung; 
And all the damzels of that town in ray. 
Came dancing forth^ and joyous carrols fung ! 
So him they led through all their ftreets along. 
Crowned with girlonds of immortal bays ; 
And all the vulgar did about them throng, 
To fee the man whole everlafting pratfe. 

They all were bound to all pofterities to raife. * 

XXXV. . 

There he with Bilge^ did awhile remain, 
Making great feaft and joyous merriment. 
Until he had her fettled in her neign^ * 
With fafe aflurance and eftablifhment. 
Then to his firft enterprize his mind he lent; ' 
Full loth to Belge^ and to all the reft : 
Of whom yet taking leave, thenceforth he 'went 
And to his former journey him addreft, 
On which long way hie rode, ne ever day did reft. 



But turn we now to noble Arthegal \ 

Who having left Merciilaj ftraightway went 
On his 6rit queft, the which him forth did call. 
To wect, to work Irena's franchifemcnt. 
And eke Grantarto*s worthy pnnifliment. 
So forth he fared as his manner was. 
With only Talus waiting diligent. 
Through many perils, and much way did pafs. 

Till nigh unto the place at length approaclu he has. 


There as he travelM by the way, he met 
An aged wight, wayfaring all alone. 
Who through his years long fince afide had fet 
The ufe of arms, and battle quite forgone : 
To whom as he approacht he knew anone, 
That it was he which whilome did attend. 
On fair Irene in her afflidtion. 
When firft to Fairy court he law her wend. 

Unto his foveraine Qtieen her fuit for to commend. 


Whom by his name faluting,' thus he *gan ; 
Hail good Sir Sergis^ trued Knight alive. 
Well try'd in all thy Ladies troubles than. 
When her that tyrant did of crown deprive ; 
What new occafion doth thee hither drive. 
Whiles (he alone is left, and thou here found ? 
Or is fhe thrall, or doth (he not furvive ? 
To whom he thus ; She liveth fure and found ; 

But by that tyrant is in wretched thraldom bound. 


For fhe prefuming on th* appointed tide. 
In which ye promift, as ye were a Knight, 
To meet her at the falvage IQands fide 
(And then and there for trial of her right 
With her unrighteous enemy to fight) 
Did thither come : where fhe (affraid of nought) 
By guileful treafon and by fubtil flight 
Surprifed was, and to Grant or to brought. 

Who her imprifgnM hath, and her life often fought; 
Vol. II. T 





And now he hath to her prefixed a day. 
By which, if that no champion do appear. 
Which will her caufe in battailous array 
Againft him juftifie, and prove her clear 
Of all thofe crimes that he 'gainft her doth rear^ 
She death fliall fure aby. Thofe tidings fad 
Did much abafli Sir Arthegal to hear, 
And grieved fore, that through his fault flie had 

Fallen into that tyrants hand and ufage bad. 


Then thus replide ; Now fure and by my life. 
Too much am I to blame for that fair Maid, 
That have her drawn to all this troublous ftrifc^ 
Through promife to afford her timely aid. 
Which by default I have not yet defraid, 
But witnefs unto me, ye heavens, that know 
How clear I am from blame of this upbraid : 
For ye into like thraldom me did throw. 

And kept from 'complilhing the faith which I did owe. 


But now aread. Sir Sergis^ how long fpace 
Hath he her lent a champion to provide : 
Ten days quoth he, he granted hath of grace. 
For that he weeneth well, before that tide 
None can have tidings to affift her fide. 
For all the fhores, which to the fea accoft. 
He day and night doth ward both far and wide. 
That none can there arrive without an hoft : 

So her he deems already but a damned ghoft. 


Now turn again, Sir Artbegal then faid : 
For if I live till thofe ten days have end, 
Affure yourfelf, Sir Knight, (he fhall have aid. 
Though I this deareft lite for her do fpend j 
So backward he attone with him did wend. 
Tho as they rode together on their way, 
A rout of people they before them kend. 
Flocking together in confus'd array. 

As if that there were fonie tumultous affray. 




To which as they approacht, the caufc to know. 
They faw a Knight in dangerous diftrefs 
Of a rude rout, him chafing to and fro. 
That fought with lawlefs powre him to opprefs, 
And. bring in bondage of their brutiflinefs : 
And far away, amid their rakehell bands, 
They fpide a Lady left all fuccourlefs 
Crying, and holding up her wretched hands 

To him for aid, who long in vain their rage with(lands« 


Yet ftill he ftrives, ne any peril (pares, 
To refcuc her from their rude violence. 
And like a Lion wood amongft them fares. 
Dealing his dreadful blows with large diipence } 
Gainfl: which the pallid death finds no defence. 
But all in vain their numbers are lb great, 
That nought may boot to banilh them from thence : 
For foon as he their outrage back doth beat, 

They turn afrefh, and oft renew their former threat. 


And now they do fo fharply him aflfay. 
That they his Ihield in pieces batter'd have. 
And forced him to throw it quite away. 
From dangers dread his doubtful life to fave 1 
Albe that it moft fafety to him gave. 
And much did magnifie his noble namo. 
For from the day that he thus did it leave, 
Amongft all Knights he blotted was with blame, 

And counted but a recreant Knight with endlefs fhame. 


Whom when they thus diftreffed did behold. 
They drew unto his aid : but that rude rout 
Them alfo 'gan afiail with outrage bold. 
And forced them, however ftrong and ftout 
They were, as well approv'd in many a doubt. 
Back to recule ; until that iron man 
With his huge flail began to lay about ; 
From whofe Itern prelence they diffufed ran. 

Like fcattVed chaff, the which the wind away doth fan. 

T 2 




So when that Knight from peril clear was freed. 
He drawing near, began to greet them fair. 
And yield great thanks for their fo goodly deed. 
In faving him from dangerous defpair 
Of thofe, which fought his life for to empair. 
Of whom Sir Arihegal *gan then enquere 
The whole occafion of his late misfare. 
And who he was, and what thofe villains were. 

The which with mortal malice him purfu'd fo near. 


To whom he thus; my name is Burbon hight. 
Well known, and far renowned heretofore. 
Until late mifchief did upon me light. 
That all my former praife hath blemifht fore 5 
And that fair Lady, which in that uprore 
Ye with thofe captives faw Flourdelis hight. 
Is mine own Love, though me flie have forlore. 
Whether withheld from me by wrongfull might. 

Or with her own good will, I cannot read aright. 


But fure to me her faith fhe firft did plight. 
To be my Love, and take me for her Lord 5 
Till that a tyrant, which Grantorto hight. 
With golden gifts, and many a guileful word 
Enticed her to him for to accord. 
(O ! who may not with gifts and words be tempted?) 
Sith which /he hath me ever fince abhord. 
And to my foe hath guilefully confented : 

Ay me ! that ever guile in women was invented. 


And now he hath this troop of villains fent. 
By open force to fetch her quite away : 
Gainll whom, my felf I long in vain have bent 
To refcue her, and daily means aflay. 
Yet refcue her thence by no means I may: 
For they do me with multitude opprefs, 
And with unequal might do overlay. 
That ott I driven am to great diftrefs. 

And forced to forgo th'attempt rcmcdilcfs. 



But why have ye, faid Arthegalj forborne 
Your own good fhield in dangerous difmay ; 
That is the greateft Ihamc and fouled fcorn. 
Which unto any Knight behappen may, 
To lofe the badge, that (hould his deeds difplay. 
To whom SirBurio>jy blufliing half for (hame, • 
That ftiall I unto you, quoth he, bewray ; 
Left yc therefore mote happily me blame. 
And deem it done of will, that through inforccment came. 


True is, that I at firft was dubbed Knight 

By a good Knight, the Knight of the Redcrofs ; 
Who when he gave me arms in field to fight. 
Gave me a fhield, in which he did endofs 
His dear redeemers badge upon the bofs : 
The fame long while I bore, and therewithal! 
Fought many battles without wound or lofs ^ 
Therewith Grandtorto felf I did appall. 

And made him oftentimes in field before me fall. 


But for that many did that (hield envy» 
And cruel enemies cncreafed more ; 
To ftint all ftrife and troublous enmity. 
That bloody fcutcWn being battered fore, 
I laid afide, and have of late forbore. 
Hoping thereby to hatre my Love obtained : 
Yet catv ! not my Love have nathemore ; 
For fhe by force is ftill from me detained. 

And with corrupted bribes is to untruth miftrain'd. 


To whom thus Arthegal\ Certes Sir Knight; 
Hard is the cafe the which ye do complain ; 
Yet not fo hard (for nought fo hard may light. 
That it to fuch a ftrcight mote ye conftrain) 
As to a^bandon that which doth contain 
Your honour's ftile: that is your warlike fhield 
AH peril ought be lefs, and lefs all pain 
Than lofs ot fame in difadventrous field ; 

I>yc rather than do ought that mote difhonour yield. 




Not fo, quoth he ; for yet when time doth fcrve. 
My former ftiield I may refume again : 
To temporize is not from truth to fwerve, 
Ne for advantage term to entertain, 
Whenas neceflity doth it conftrain. 
Fie on fuch forgery, faid ArtbegaU^ 
Under one hood to fhadow faces twain. 
Knights ought be true, and truth is one in all : 

Of all things to dilTemble foiily may befall. 


Yet le^ me you of courtefy requeft. 
Said Burbon^ to aflifl: me now at need 
Agauift thefe peafants, which have mc oppreft. 
And forced me to fo infamous deed. 
That yet my Love may from their hands be freed. 
Sir Artbegal^ albe he earft did wyte 
His wav'ring mind, yet to his aid agreed. 
And buckling him cftfoons unto the Hght, 

Did fet upon thofe troops with all his powre and might. 


Who flocking round about them as a fwarm 
Of flies upon a birchen bough doth clufter. 
Did them aflault with terrible alarm. 
And over all the fields thcmfelves did mutter. 
With bills and glayves making a dreadful lutter ; 
That forc*d at firll thofe Knights back to retire : 
As when the wrathful Boreas doth blufter. 
Nought may abide the tempeft of his ire. 

Both man and beafl: do fly, and fuccour do inquire. 


But whenas overblowen was that brunt, 
Thofe Knights began afrefli them to afiail. 
And all about the fields like Squirrels hunt; 
But chiefly ^alus with his iron flail, 
Gainfl: which no flight nor refcue mote avail. 
Made cruel havock of the bafcr crew. 
And chafed them both over hill and dale . 
The rafcall many foon they overthrew ; 

But the two Knights thcmfelves their captains did fubdcw. 


At laft they came whereas that Lady bode. 
Whom now her keepers had forfaken quight. 
To fave themfclves, and fcatt'red were abrode ; 
Her half difmaid they found in doubtful plight, 
•As neither glad nor forry for their fight ; 
Yet wondrous fair fhe was, and richly clad 
In royal robes, and many jewels dight. 
But chat thofe villains through their ufage bad 

Them fouly rent, and fhamefully defaced had. 


But Burbon ilraight difmounting from his fteedy 
Unto her ran with greedy great defire \ 
And catching her fad by her ra^ed weed, 

• Would have embraced her with heart entire. 
But ihe back*ftarting with difdainful ire. 
Bade him avaunt, ne would unto his lore 
Allured be, for prayer nor for meed : 
Whom when tbofe Knights fo froward and forlqre 

Beheld, they her rebuked and upbraided fore. 


Said Artbigal y What foul difgrace is this, 
To fo fair Lady, as ye feem in fight. 
To blot your beauty that unblemilht is. 
With fo foul blame, as breach of faith once plight, 
Or change of Love for any worlds delight ? 
Is ought on earth fo precious or dear. 
As praife and honour ? Or is ought fo bright 
And beautiful, as glory's beams appear ? 

Whofe goodly light than Phcebus lamp doth fhine more 

LXIII. [clear. 

Why then will ye, fond Dame, attempted be 
Unto a ftrangers love, io lightly plac'd. 
For gifts of gold, or any worldly glee. 
To leave the love that ye before embraced, 
4Lnd let your fame with fallhood be defac'd ? 
Fie on the pelf, for which good name is fold. 
And honour with indignity debas'd : 
Dearer is love than lite, and fame than gold ; 

But dearer than chem both, your faith once plighted hold* 

T 4 



Much was the Lady in her gentle mind 
Abafhc at his rebuke, that bit her near, 
Ne ought to anfwer thereunto did find ; 
But hanging down her head with heavy chear. 
Stood long amaz'd, as fhe amated were^ 
Which Burbon feeing, her again aflaid. 
And clafping 'twixt his arms, her up did rear 
Upon his deed, whiles (he no whit gain-faid : 

So bore her quite away, nor well nor Ul apaid. 


Nath'lcfs the iron man did ftill purfue 
That rafcal many with unpitied fpoil ; 
Ne ceafed not, till all their fcattred crew 
Into the lea he drove quite from that foil. 
The which they troubled had with great curmcnl. 
But Artbegal^ ieeing his cruel deed, 
Commanded him from flaughterto recoil. 
And to his voyage *gan again proceed, 

For chat the term approaching faft, required fpeed. 


Arthegal doth Sir Burbon ^yi, 
And blames for changing Jhield: 

He with the great Grantor to fights^ 
And Jlayeth him in field. 


O Sacred hunger of Ambitious minds. 
And impotent defire of men to reign ? 
Whom neither dread of God, that Devils binds. 
Nor laws of men, that common-weals contain. 
Nor bands of nature, that wild beads rcftrain, 
'Can keep from outrage, and from doing wrong, 
Where they may hope a kingdom to obtain. 
No fdith fo firm, no truft can be fo (Irong, 
No love fo lading then, that may cnduren long, 



Witnefs may Burhon br, whom all the bands. 
Which may a Knichc aflure, had furely bound. 
Until the love of Lordfhip and of lands 
Made him become mod faithlefs and unfound: 
And witnefs be Gerioneo found. 
Who for like caufe fair Beige did opprefs. 
And right and wrong moft cruelly confound : 
And fo be now Grantorto^ who no lefs 

Than all the reft burfl: out to all outrageoufnefs. 


*Gainft whom Sir Artbegal^ long having fince 
Taken in hand th*exploit, being thereto • 
Appointed by that mighty Fairy Prince, 
Great Gloriane^ that tyrant to fordo, 
Through other great adventures hitherto 
Had it forflackt. But now time drawing nigh. 
To him aflignd, her high beheaft to do. 
To the fea (hore he 'gan his way apply. 

To weet, if ihipping ready he mote there defcry. 


Though when they came to the fea coaft, they found 
A fhip all ready (as good fortune fell) 
To put to fea, with whom they did compound. 
To pafs them over, where them lift to tell : 
The wind and weather ferved them fb well. 
That in one day they with the coaft did fall \ 
Whereas they ready found, them to repell. 
Great hofts of men in order martiall. 

Which them forbade to land, and footing did forftall. 


But nathemore would they from land refrain : 
But whcnas nigh unto the (hore they drew. 
That foot of man mighty found the bottom plain. 
Talus into the fea did forth iflue. 
Though darts from Ihore, and ftoncs they at him threw; 
And wading through the waves with ftedfaft fway, 
Maugre the might of all thofe troops in view. 
Did win the ftiore, whence he them chac'd away. 

And made to fly, like Doves, whom th*Eagle doth affray. 



The whiles, Sir Artbegal^ with that old Knight 
Did forth defcend, there being none them near^ 
And forward marched to a town in fight. 
By this came tidings to the tyrants ear. 
By thofe which earft did fly away for fear ' 
Of their arrival : wherewith troubled fore. 
He ali his forces ftraight to him did rear. 
And forch iifuing with his fcouts afore. 

Meant them to have encountred, ere they left the (bore. 


But ere he marched far, he with them met. 
And fiercely charged them with all his force; 
But Talus fternly did upon them fet. 
And brufht, and battred them without remorfe. 
That on the ground he left full many a corfe ; 
Ne any able was him to withftand. 
But he them overthrew both man and horfe. 
That they lay fcattred over all the land. 

As thick as doth the ittd after the fowers hand. 


Till Arthegal him feeing fo to rage, 

VViird him to ftay, and fign of truce did make : 
To which all hearkning, did awhile afiuage 
Their forces fury, and their terrour flake ; 
Till he an Herauld call'd, and to him fpakc. 
Willing him wend unto the tyrant ftraight. 
And tell him that not for fuch flaughters fake 
He thither came, but for to try the right 

Of fair Irena^s caufe with him in fingle fight. 


And willed him for to reclaim with fpeed 
His fcattred people ere they all were flain. 
And time and place convenient to arecd. 
In which they two the combat might darrain. 
AVhich meflage when Grantorto heard, full fain 
And glad he was the flaughter fo to ftay. 
And pointed for the combat *cwixt them twain 
The morrow next, ne gave him longer day ; 

So founded the retrait, and drew his folk away. 



That night Sir Artb^d did caufe his tent 
There to be pitched on the open plain ; 
For he had given ftraight commandement. 
That none ihould dare him once to entertain : 
Which none durft break, though many would right fain 
For fair Irena whom they loved dear. 
But yet old Sergis did fo well him pain. 
That from clofe friends, that dar'd not to appear. 

He all things did purvey, which for them neednil were. 


The morrow next, that was the difmal day. 
Appointed for Irenas death before. 
So foon as it did to the world difplay 
His chearful face, and light to men reftore. 
The heavy Maid, to whom none tidings bore 
Of Artbegah arrival her to free, 
Lookt up with eyes full fad, and heart full fore ; 
Weening her lifes laft hour then near to be, 

Sith no redemption nigh Ihe did nor hear nor fee. 


Then up flie rofe, and on her fclf did dight 
Moil fqualid garments, fit for fuch a day ; 
And with dull count'nance, and with doleful fpright. 
She forth was brought in forrowful difinay. 
For to receive the doom of her decay. 
But coming to the place, and finding there 
Sir Arthegal^ in battailous array 
Waiting his foe, it did her dead heart chcar. 

And new life to her lent, in midft of deadly fear. 


Like as a tender Rofe in open plain. 
That with untimely drought nigh withred was. 
And hung the head, foon as few drops of rain 
Thereon diftil and dew her dainty face, 
'Gins to look up, and with frcfh wonted grace 
"Diffpreads the glory of her leaves gay ; 
Such was Irenas count'nance, fuch her cafe. 
When Arthegal (he faw in that array, 

There waiting for the tyrant, till it was far day. 



Who came at length, with proud prefumptuous gate 
Into the field, as if he fearlefs were. 
All armed in a coat of iron plate. 
Of great defence to ward the deadly fear : 
And on his head a fteel cap he did wear 
Of colour rufty brown, but fure and ftrong; 
And in his hand an huge polaxe did bear, 
Whofe fteel was iron ftudded, but not long 

With which he wont to fight, to juftifie his wrong. 


Of ftature huge, and hideous he was. 
Like to a Giant for his monftrous height. 
And did in ftrength moft forts of men furpafs, 
Ne ever any found his match in might ; 
Thereto he had great (kill in fingle fight ; 
His face was ugly, and his countenance ftern. 
That could have fraid one with the very fight. 
And gaped like a gulf, when he did gern. 

That whether man or monfter one could fcarce difcern. 


Soon as he did within the lifts appear. 
With dreadful look he Artbegal beheld. 
As if he would have daunted him with fear ; 
And grinning griefly, did againft him weld 
His deadly weapon, which in hand he held. 
But th* Elfin fwain, that oft had feen like fight. 
Was with his ghaftly countenance nothing qucld. 
But *gan him ftraight to buckle to the fight. 

And caft his fhield about, to be in ready plight. 


The trumpets found, and they together go. 
With dreadful terrour, and with fell intent ; 
And their huge ftrokes full dang*roufly bcfto^. 
To do moft dammage, whereas moft they meant 
But with fuch force and fury violent, 
The tyrant thundred his thick blows fo faft. 
That through the iron walls their way they rent, 
And even to the vital parts they paft, 

Ne ought could them endure, but all they cleft or braft. 




"Which cruel outrage whcnas JrtbegaU 

Did well avize, thenceforth with wary heed 
• He fliund his ftrokes, wherever ihey did fall. 
And way did give unto their gracelefs fpeed : 
As when a Ikilful mariner doth read 
A dorm approaching that doth peril threat. 
He will not bide the danger of fuch dread. 
But ftrikes his fails, and veereth his main fheet, 

And lends unto it leave the empty air to beat. 


So did the Fairy Knight himfelf abcar. 

And (looped oft, his head from fhame to fhield : 
No fhame to ftoop, ones head more high to rear i 
And much to gain, a little for to yield t 
So ftoutefl: Knights doen oftentimes in field. 
But ftill the tyrant fternly at him laid. 
And did his iron axe fo nimbly wield. 
That many wounds into his flefh it made. 

And with his burdenous blows him fore did overlade. 


Yet whenas fit advantage he did fpy. 

The whiles the curfed Felon high did rttf 
His cruel hand, to fmite him mortally. 
Under his ftroke he to him ftepping near, 
Right in the flank him ftrook with deadly drear. 
That the gore blood thence gufhing grievoufly. 
Did underneath him like a pond appear. 
And all his armour did with purple dye : 

Thereat he brayed loud, and yelled dreadfully. 


Yet the huge ftroke, which he before intended, 
' Kept on his courfe, as he did it direct. 
And with fuch monftrous poife adown defcended. 
That feemed nought could him from death protc(5t ; 
But he it well did ward with wife refpefi:. 
And 'twixt him and the blow his (hield did cad. 
Which thereon feizing, took no great elTcdt ; 
But biting deep therein, did ftick fo faft, 

That by no means it backf a^ain he forth could wrad. 



Long while he tug*d and drove to get it oiit. 
And all his powre appiyed thereunto. 
That he therewith the Knight drew all about : 
NathMefs for all that ever he could do. 
His axe he could not from his fhield undo. 
Which Jrtbegal perceiving ftrook no more. 
But loofing foon his fhield, did it forgo. 
And whiles he combred was therewith fo fore, 

He *gan at him let drive more fiercely than afore. 


So well he him purfu'd, that at the laft. 
He ftrook him with Cbryfaor on the head. 
That with the foufe thereof full fore aghafl:. 
He ftagger'd to and fro in doubtful ftead. 
Again whiles he him faw fo ill belled. 
He did him fmite with all his might and main. 
That falling on his mother earth he fed : 
Whom when he faw proftrated on the plain. 

He lightly reft his head to eafe him of his pain. 


Which when the pec^le round about him faw. 
They (houted all for joy of his fuccefs. 
Glad to be quit from that proud tyrants awe, 
Which with ftrong powre did them long time opprefs ; 
And running all with greedy joyfulnefs 
To fair Irerui^ at her feet did fall. 
And her adored with due humblenefs. 
As their true Liege and Princefs natural 1 ; 

And eke her champions glory founded oyer all. 


Who ftraigbt her leading with meet majefty 
Unto the palace where their Kings did reign. 
Did her therein eftablifh peaceably. 
And to her kingdoms feat rcRore again *, 
And all fuch perfons as did late maintain 
That tyrants part, with clofe or open aid, 
He forely punilhcd with heavy pain -, 
That in Ihort fpace whiles there with her he ftayd^ 

Not one was left that durft hA- once have difobeyd. 

Canto XIL T H E F AI R Y QU E EN. 303 


During which time that he did there remain^ 
His ftudy was true juftice how to deal. 
And day and night employ'd his bufie pain 
How to reform that ragged commonweal : 
And that fame iron man which could reveal 
All hidden crimes, through all that realm he fent. 
To fearch out thofe that us'd to rob and ileal. 
Or did rebel 'gainft lawful government ; 

On whom he did infiift mod grievous punifliment. 


But ere he could reform it thoroughly. 
He through occafion called was away' 
To Fairy- court, that of neceflity 
His courfe of juftice he was forced to ftay. 
And Talus to revoke from the right way. 
In which he was that realm for to redrefs. 
But envy's cloud ftill dimmeth vertues ray* 
So having freed Irena from diftrcfs. 

He cook his leave of her, there left in heavinefs. 


Tho as he back returned from that land. 
And there arrived again whence forth he (^^ 
He had not pafled far upon the ftrand, 
Whenas two old ill favoured Hags he met. 
By the way fide being together fet. 
Two griefly creatures ; and to that their faces ^ 
Moft foul and filthy were their garments yet 
Being all ragg'd and tatter'd, their difgraces 

Did much the more augment, and made moft uglvcaies. 


The one of them, that elder did appear. 
With her dull eyes did feem to look afkew. 
That her milhape much helpt \ and her foul hair 
Hung loofe and loathfomely : thereto her hue 
Was wan and lean, that all her teeth arew. 
And all her bones might through her cheeks be read ^ 
Her lips were like raw leather, pale and blue : 
And as (he fpake therewith (he flavered ; 

Yet fpake fhc feldom, but thought more the Icfs flie lalcl» 



Her hands were foul and dirty, never wafht 
In all her life, with long nails over-raught. 
Like Puttocks claws : withth* one of which flic fcratcht 
Her curfed head, although it itched nought ; 
The other held a fnake with venom fraught. 
On which ftie fed, and gnawed hungrily, 
As if that long flie had not eaten ought j 
That round about her jaws one might defcry 

The bloody gore and poifon dropping loathfomly, 


Her name was Envyj knowen well thereby ; 
Whofe nature is to grieve and grudge at all 
That ever flie fees done praife-worthily : 
Whofe fight to her is greateft cfofs may fall. 
And vexeth fo, that makes her eat her gall. 
For when flie wanteth other things to eat. 
She feeds on her own maw unnatural. 
And of her own foul entrails makes her meat , 

Meat fit for fuch a monfiers monfterous diet. 


And if (he hapt of any good to hear. 
That had to any happily betid. 
Then would (he inly fret, and grieve, and tear 
Her flefli for felnefs, which ihe inward hid : 
But if flie heard of ill that any did. 
Or harm that any had, then would flie make 
Great chear, like one unto a banquet bid ; 
And in ahothers iofs great pleafure take. 

As flie had got thereby, and gained a great ftake. 


The other nothing better was than flie ; 
Agi'eeing in bad will and cankred kind. 
But in bad manner they did difagree : 
For whatfo Emy good or bad did find. 
She did conceal, and murder her own mind ; 
But this whatever evil flie conceived. 
Did fpread abroad, and throw in th'open wind. 
Yet this in all her words might be perceived, [rcavM. 

That all flie fought, was mens good name to have be* 




For wfaatfoever good by any faid. 
Or doen (he beard, ihe would ftraightways invent 
How to deprave, or fland'roudy upbraid. 
Or to mifconftrue of a mans intent. 
And turn to ill the thing that well was meant. 
Therefore flic ufed often to rcfort 
To common haunts, and companies frequent, 
To heark what any one did good report, 

To blot the fame with blame, or wreft in wicked fort. 


And if that any ill flie heard of any^ 
She would it eake, and make much worfe by telling. 
And tajce great joy to pUblifli it to many. 
That every mattef worfe was for her melling. 
Her name was high t Detra3ion^ and her dwelling 
Wa$ near to Em/y^ even her neighbour next \ 
A wicked Hag, and Envy felf excelling 
In mifchief : for herfelf Ihe only vext : 

But this fame, both herfelf, and others eke perplext. 


Her face was ugly, and her motith diftort, 
Foaming with poifon round about her gills. 
In which her curfed tongue (full fharp and fhort) 
Appeared like Afpis iling, that ciofely kills. 
Or cruelly does wound whomfo fhe wills : . 
A diftaflF in her other hand fhe had. 
Upon the which (he little fpins, but fpills. 
And feigns to weave £alfe tales and Icafings bad. 

To throw amongft thegood,which others had difprad. 


Thefe two oowh^d thimfelves combin'd in one. 
And linkt together 'gainfl Sir Arthegal^ 
For whom. they waited as his mortal fone, 
How: they might make him into mifchief fall. 
For freeing from their fnares Irena thrall : 
Befides, unto themfelves they gotten had 
A moniler, which the Blatant Beaft men call ; 
A dreadful Fiend of Gods and men ydrad, 

Whom ibey by fleight^ allur^dr^nU to iheir pupofe lad. 



Such were thele H^$, and fo unhandfome dreft t 
:,Whotn which tbcy nigh approachifig had efpidc- . 
Sir Artbegal return^ from bis la(e x^ueft^ 
They both arpfe^ and at him loudly cride. 
As it had bieen two ihephtrdsL Quks^ had 
A ravenous Wolf amongft the fcatter*d Biacka. 
Ar^d Etevy firft, as (he that 6rft faim eyde^* 
Towards him runs, and with rude flaring locks 

About her ears, does heather bnsafL, and for head knocks^ 


Then from her piottth the gobbet (he does* take, . 
The ^hich whyleare Ihe was fo greedily 
Devouring \ esren chat balf-gnawen fqake. 
And at him thj^ow^ it moil deipghlfuUy. 
The curfed Serpent, thou^ ihe hungrily . . 
£ai;ft cbawM thereon, ye£ was not all fodead. 
But that fome life remained fecretly ; 
And as he pad afore withouten dread, 

Bh him behind, that long the mark was io be read. 

Then th* other combg near, ^gan jhim revile. 
And fouly rail, with ^U fiie could invent ; 
.SayinKf that he had with unmanly guile. 
And roxd abuiion both his honour blent. 
And that bright fword, the fword of Juftice kat, 
Had ftained with reproachful cruelty, 
In guiltlefs blood of many an innocent : 
As for Grandtcrie^ him with treachery 

And trains having furpriz'd, he £ouly did to dye, 


Thereto the Blatant Beafi^ by them fet on. 
At him began aloud to bark and bay. 
With bitter rage and fell contention, 
Thjit all the woods and rocks nigh to that way. 
Began to quake and tremble with difmay ; 
And all the air rebellowed again. 
So dreadfully his hundred tongues did bray, 
And evermore thofe Hags thcmfelves did pain. 

To iharpea him^aod th^ir own curfj^d tongues did ftrain* 



And ftill among, tnofl: bitter words they fpake^ 
Mod (hameful^ tnott unrighteous, moft untrue. 
That they the mildeft ^an alive would make 
Forget his patience, and yield vengeance due 
To her, that fo falfe flanders at him threw. 
And more,to make them pierce and wound more deep^ 
She with the fling which in her vile tongue grew^ 
Did fharpen them, and in frefh poifon fteep : 

Yet he paft on, and feem'd of them to take no keep* 


But Talits hearing her fo lewdly rail. 
And fpeak fo ijl of him, that well deferv'd^ 
Would her have chafllz'd with his iron flail % 
If her Sir Jrtbegal had not preferv'd. 
And him forbidden » who bis heaft obferv'd : 
So much the more at him ftill did fhe fcold. 
And ftones did caft, yet he for nought would fwcfve 
From his right courfe, but ftill the way did hold 

To Fairy courts wKere what him fell fhall clfe be toldf 

U a 

[ 3o8 ] 



O F T H E 



The legend of Sir Calidorej or of courtefy. 


The ways through which my weary fteps I guide^ 
In this delightful land of Faery» 

Are fo exceeding fpacious and wide. 

And fbrinkled with fuch fwcet variety 

Of all that pleafant is to ear or eye, 

That I nigh raviiht with rare thoughts delight. 

My tedious travel do forget thereby ; 

And when I 'gin to feel decay of might. 
It ftrength to me fupplies, and chears my dulled iprigbt. 

Such fccret comfort and fuch heavenly pleafures. 

Ye facred imps that on Pcrnajfo dwell. 

And there the keeping have of learnings treafurcs. 

Which do all worldly riches far excell. 

Into the minds of mortal men do well. 

And goodly fury into them infufe ; 

Guide ye my footing, and condudt me well 

In thefe ftrange ways where never foot did ufe, 
N« none can find,but who was taught them by the Mufe. 




RevesU to me the facred nourfeiy 
Of vertue^ which with you doth there remain. 
Where it in filver bowre does hidden lye 
From view of men, and wicked worlds dtfdain. 
Since it at firft was by the Gods with pain 
Planted in earth, being deriv'd at firft 
From heavenly feeds of bounty foverain. 
And by them long with careful labour nurft. 

Till it to ripenefs grew, and forth to honour burft* 


Amongft them all erows not a fairer flowre. 
Than is the blooun of comely courtefy ; 
Which though it on a lowly ftaik do bowre. 
Yet brancheth forth in brave nobility. 
And fpreads it ielf through all civility : 
Of which, though prefent age do plenteous feem. 
Yet being matcht with plain antiquity. 
Ye will them all but feigned ihows efteem. 

Which carry colours fair, that feeble eyes mifldeem. 


But in the trial of true courtefy. 
Its now fo far from that which then it was. 
That it indeed is nought but forgery, 
Fafliion'd to pleafe the eyes of them that pafs. 
Which fee not perfefl things but in a glafs : 
Yet is that glafs fo gay, that it can blind 
The wifeft fight to think gold that is brafs. 
But vertues feat is deep within the mind. 

And not in outward fhows, but inward thoughts defined t 


But where ihall I in all antiquity 

So fair a pattern find, where may be feen 
The goodly praife of Princely courtefy. 
As in your felf, O foveraine Lady Queen ? 
In whofe pure mind, as in a mirrour fheen. 
It (hows, and with her brightnefs doth inflame 
The eyes of all, which thereon fixed been j 
But meriteth indeed a higher name : 

Yet fo from low to high uplifted is your name. 

U 3 



Then pardon me, moft dretded Soveraino, 
That from your lelf I do this yertue bringt 
And to yoor felf do it return again : 
So iram the Ocean all lirera fprin^. 
And tribute back rcfuy as to their King. 
Right fo from you ^1 goodly vertues well 
Into the reft which round about you ring, 
Fair Lords and Ladies, which about you dwells 

And 4o adorn your court, where courtefies exceli* 

'- ■ ■ — I 1 ri 1— 1^— r I I - I I ^ 


Calidore faves from MaleSbrt 

A Damzel ufed vild\ 
Jkth vanquijh Crudor, W if^ prnh 

Briana wex man 


Of court, it feems, men courtefie do call. 
For tjiat it there moft ufech to abound \ 
And well befeemeth, that in Prioces haH 
That vertue fliould be plentifully imOtA^ 
Which of all goodly manners is the ground. 
And root of citU conveffation. 
{light fo in Fairy Court it did redound. 
Where courteous Knights and Ladies moft did wonne 

Of all, and made a matchle^ paragont 


But 'mon^ them all was none more d[>urteous Knigjb^ 
Than Catidare^ beloved over all : 
In whom it feems, that gentlenefs of fpright 
And manners mild were planted naturall ; 
To which he adding comely guize withall. 
And gracious fpeech, did fteal mens hearts away. 
Nath'J^fs thereto he was full ftout and uli^ 
And well approved in battailous nffray. 

That him: did much renown^ and far bis fame difpl^* 

Cmto.L THE FAIRY (^TJEEN. 311 


Ne was there Kniglit, ne was there Lady found 
In Fairy Court, but him did dear embrace^ 
For his fair ufage and conditions .found. 
The which m all mens liking gained place. 
And with the greateft, purchaft grcateft arzct : 
Which he could wifely ufe, and well apply. 
To pleafe the bed, and th'evil to eoobafe. 
For he loack'd leafing and bafe flattery. 

AAd loved finsple truth, and ftedfaft honefty. 


And now he was in ti^avel on his Yistf^ 
Upon an hard adventure fore befkad, 
Whenas by chance he met upon a day 
With Artbcgidy returning yet half fad 
From his late coaqueft which he gotten had. 
Who whenas each of other had a fighi!. 
They knew themielves, and both their perlbns rad : 
When Calid^re thus firft ; Hail noblcft Knight 

Of aH this day on ground that breathen living fpright. 

V * 

Now tell, if pleafe.ydiiiy of the ^poA fuccefs 
Which ye have had iii your late enterprife* 
To whom Sh- Arihegd 'gan to exprefs 
His whole exploit, and valorous ^mprife. 
In order as it did to him arife. 
Now happy man, ^sd then Sir CaUdore^ 
Which have fo goodly, as ye can devife, 
Atchiev'd fo hard a queft, as few before ; 

That ftudl you moft renowned make for evermore^ 


But where ye ended have, now I begin 
To tread an endlefs trace withouten guide. 
Or good direftioD,. how to enter in. 
Or how to iiTue forth in ways untride. 
In perils firange, in labours long and wide ; 
In which although good fortune me befall. 
Yet fhall it not by none be teftifide. 
What is that queft, quoth then Sir Artbegal^ 

That you into fuch perils prefently doth call ? 

U 4 




The Blatant Beaft^ quoth he, I do purfue. 
And through the world incefiantly do chafe. 
Till I him overtake, or elfe fubdue : 
Yet know I not or how, or in what place. 
To ftnd him out, yet ftili I forward trace« 
What is, this Blatant Beajij then he reply 'd ? 
It is a monfter bred of helli(h race. 
Then anfwer'd he, which often hath annoy'd 

Good Knights and Ladies true, and many elfe defiroy'd. 


Of Cerberus whylorpc he was begot. 
And fell Chimara in her darkfome den. 
Through foul commixture of his filthy blot : 
Where he was foftred long in Stygian fen, 
Till he to perfed ripenefs grew, and then 
Into this wicked world he lorth was fent. 
To be the plague and fcourge of wicked men : 
Whom with vile tongue and venemous intent 

He fore doth wound^ and bite, and cruelly torment. 


Then fmce the falvage Ifland I did leave. 
Said Artbegal^ I fuch a bead did fee. 
The which did feem a thoufand tongues to have. 
That all \t\ fpight and malice did, agree. 
With which he bayd and loudly barkt at me. 
As if that he attonce would me devour. 
But I, that knew my felf from peril free. 
Did nought regard his malice nor his powre : 

But he the more his wicked poifon forth did pourc. 

That furely is that bcaft, faid CaHdare, 

Which I purfue, of whom I am right glad 
To hear thefe tidings, which. of none afore 
Through all my weary travel I have had : 
Yet now feme hope your words unto me .add. 
Now God you f{)ecd, quoth then Sir jiribegall^ 
And keep your body from the danger drad : 
For ye have much. ado to deal withall ; 

So both took goodly .leave, and parted fcverall. 



Sir Calidere thence travelled not long, 
Wheoas by chance a comely Squire he fbund^ 
That thorough fome more mighty enemies wrong, 
Both hand and foot unto a tree was bound : 
Who feeing him from far, with piteous found 
Of his (hrill cries him called to his aid. 
To whom approaching in that painful ftound 
When he him faw, for no demands he ftaid, 

But.iirft him loos'd, and afterwards thus to him faid. 


Unhappy Squire, what hard miihap thee brought 
Into this bay of peril and difgrace ? 
What cruel hand thy wretched thraldom wrought. 
And thee captived in this ihameful place ? 
To whom he anfwer'd thus ; My hapiefs cafe 
Is not occafion*d through my mif-delert. 
But through misfortune, which did me abafe 
Unto this (hame, and my young hope fubvert. 

Ere that I in her guileful trains was well expert. 


Not far from hence, upon yond rocky hill. 
Hard by a ftreight there (lands a caftle ftrong. 
Which doth obferve a cuftom lewd and ill, 
And it hath long maintaind with mighty wrong : 
For may no Knight nor Lady pafs along 
That way (and yet they needs muft pafs that way) 
By reafon of the ftreight, and rocks among. 
But they that Ladies locks do fhave away. 

And that Knights beard for toll, which they forpaflagepay* 


A fhameful ufe as ever I did hear. 
Said Calidorej and to be overthrown. 
But by what means did they at firft it rear. 
And for what caufe ? tell if thou have it known. 
Said then the Squire : The Lady which doth own 
This caftle, is by name Briana hight. 
Than which a prouder Lady liveth none : 
, She long time hath dear lov*d a doughty Knight, 

And fought to win his love by all the means (he might. 



His name is Crudor^ who throu^ Mgk dt0ain 
And proud defpigbt of his feifrpiotfi^g mindy 
Refiiied hath to yeild her love again» 
tJntill a mantle (he for him do fsu^ 
With beards of Koights^ and lock& of Ladies lin'd. 
Which to provide flie haih this caftkr dighc 
And therein hath a Scnefchidi aiBgo'd» 
Call'd Makffart^ a man of imckle might, 

Who executes her wicked will, with worfit defpsght. 


He this fanoe day^ as I Ciut way did come 
With a fair DamzelK my bdoFcd dear. 
In execution of her lawiefle doom. 
Did fet upon us flying both for fear: 
For little boots againft him hand to rear.. 
Me firft he took, unable td withftond -, 
And whiles be her purfued every where. 
Till his return unto this tree he bond : 

Nd wote I furely, whether her be yet have fond 


Thus whiles they fpake^ they hear a rueful) flirieky^ 
Of one loud crying, which they ftrai^tway gueft 
That it Was fhe^ the which for help did feek« 
Tho looking uptinto the cry to left. 
They faw ihiit Carle from far^ with hand unbleft 
Haling that Maiden by the yellow hair. 
That all her garments from her fhowy bfeaft. 
And from her head her locks he oigh did tear, 

Ne would he fpare for pity, nor refraitk for fear. 


Which hainous fight when CaUdorebthtlAf^ 
Eftfoons he loo^'d that Squire, and fo hkn lefty 
With hearts difmay,. and inward cfolour queld. 
For to purfue that vill';2in, which had reft 
That piteous fpoil by fo injurious thefc 
Whom overtaking, loud to him he cride; 
Leave faytor quickly that mifgotten weft. 
To him that hath it better ju^de, \ 

^fid turn thee ibon tx> him, of whom thou art defido. • 

Cintol- THE FAtRY QUEEN. J14 


Who hearkning to that voice himfelf upreard. 
And feeing him fo fiercely towards makes 
Againft him ftoutly ran, as nought afeard* 
But rather more enrag'd for thofe words fake ; 
And with ftern countenance thus unto him fpake i ^ 
Art than the caitive that defieft me. 
And for this Maid, whofe party thou dofk take^ 
Wilt give thy beard, though it but little be ? 

Yet ihall it not her locks for ranfom from me free. 

With that heiiercely at him flew, and layd 

On hideous ftrokes with moft importune nughc. 
That oft he made him ftagger as unftayd. 
And oft recuile to fhun his (harp defpight.* 
But CalidorCy that was well fkilld in fight. 
Him long forbore, and ftill his fptric fpar*d> 
Lying in wait how he him damage might* 
But when he felt him fhrink, and come to ward. 

He greater grew, and 'gan to drive at him more hanL 


Like as a water-ftream, whofe fwelKng ibuHe 
Shall drnre a mill, within ftrong banks is pent. 
And long reftrained of his ready coixrft ; 
So foon as pafiage is unto him lent. 
Breaks fortb» and makes his way more vioknt* 
Such was the fury of Sir Calidcftj 
When once he felt has foe-man to relent; 
He fieitrely him purfu'd, and prefled fore^. 

Who as he ftill decayd^ fb he encreafed nrare. 


The heavy burden of whofe dreadful might 
Whence the Carle no longer could fuftaio. 
His heart 'gan faint^ and ftraig&t he took his flig^ 
Towards thecaAle, where if needconftrain. 
His hope of refuge ufed to remain. 
Whom QUidore perceiving faft to fly. 
He him purCu'd and chaced through the plain. 
That he for dread of death *gan loud to cry 

Unco the ward, to opea to him baftily. 



They frpm the wall him feeing fo aghaft» 
The gate foon open'd to receive him in i 
But Calidare did fallow him fo faft. 
That even in the porch he him did win, 
Anjd cleft his head afunder to his chin. 
The carcafs tumbling down within the door. 
Did choke the entrance with a lump of fm^ 
That it could not be (hut, whilft Calidcre 

Did enter in» and flew the Porter on the floor. 


With that the reft the which the cattle kept. 
About him flockt, and hard at him did lay ; 
But he them all from him full lightly fwept. 
As doth a Stear, in heat of fummers day, ^ 
With his long tail the bryzes brulh away* 
Thence pafling forth, into the hall he came. 
Where of the Lady felf in fad difmay 
He was ymet : who with uncomely fhame 

Gan him falute, and foul upbraid with faulty blame. 


Falfe traytor Knight, faid flie, no Knight at all. 
But fcorn of arms, that haft with guilty hand 
Murdred n^y men, and (lain my Senefchall ; 
Now come(t thou to rob my houfe unmand. 
And fpoil myfelf, that cannot thee withftand ? 
Yet doubt thou not, but that fome better Knight 
Than thou, that (ball thy treafon underftand. 
Will it avenge, and pay thee with thy right: 

And if none do, yet (hame (hall thee with (hame requight. 


Much was the Knight aba(hed at that word ; 
Yet anfwcred thus; Not unto me the ftiame. 
But to the (hameful doer it afford. 
Blood is no blemi(h -, for it is no blame ■ 
To punifh thofe that do deferve the fame j 
But they that break bands of civility, 
An4 wicked cuftoms make, thofe do defame 
Both noble arms and gentle courtefy. 

No greater fhame to man than inhumanity. 



Then do yourfelf, for dread of (Hame forgo 
This evil manner, which ye here maintain. 
And do inftead thereof mild court'He fhow 
To all that pafs. That (hall you glory gain 
More than his love, which thus ye feek t'obtain. 
Wherewith all full of wrath Ihe thus replide ; 
Vile recreant, know that I do much diidain 
Thy courteous lore, that doft my Love deride^ 

Who (corns thy idle feoff, and bkls thee be defide« 


To take defiance at a Ladies word 
Quoth he, I hold it no indignity ; 
But were he here, that would it with his fword 
Abet, perhaps he mote it dear aby. 
Coward, quoth fhe, were not that thou wouldft fly. 
Ere he do come, he (hould be foon in place* 
If I do fo, &id he, then liberty 
I leave to you, for aye me to difgrace, 

With all thofe :(Kames that earft ye fpake me to deface* 


With that a Dwarf (he caird to-lier in hafte. 
And taking from her hand a ring of gold 
(A privy token which between them pift) 
Bade him to fly with all the fpeed he could 
To Cruder ^ and defire him chat he would 
Vouchfafe to refcue her againft a Knight, 
Who throtjgh ftrong powre had now hcrfelf in hold. 
Having late flain her Senefchall in fight. 

And all her people murdred with outrageous might. 


The Dwarf his way did ha(te, and went all night % 
But CaUdore did with her t\i^xt abide 
The coming of that fo much threatned Knight, 
Where that difcourteous Dame with fcornful pride. 
And foul entreaty him indignifide. 
That Iron heart it hardly could fuftain : 
Yet he that could his wrath full wifely guide. 
Did well endure her womanifh difdain. 

And did himfelf ff om frail impatience refra in. 


The morrow next, before the lamp of light 

Abov^ the earth uprear'd his flaming head» 

The Dwarf which bore that meflage cp her Knight^ 

Brought anfwer back, that er^ he tailed bread* 

lie would her fuccour ; and alive or dead 

Her foe deliver up into her hand : 

Therefore he will'd her do aWay all dread } 

And that of him ih$ mote affured (Und, 

He ^nt CQ her his bafenet, a$ a f;iithful bafid# 


Thereof full blith the Lady ftraight becanle. 
And 'gan t'augment her bitternefs much, more s 
Yc;t no wbit more appalled, for the ts^mc^ 
Ne ought difmayed was Sir Calid&rSf 
But rather did niore chearful feem therefore* 
And having foofi hi$ ^ms about him dight* 
Did iflue forth to meet bi3 foe afore ; 
Where long he ftayed not, whena$ a Kn^t 

He fpide come pricking on with all bi^ powre Md might* 


Well weend he ftraight, that he fliould be the faqM 
Which took in hand her quarrel to maintain i 
Ne ftayd to ask if it were be by n^me. 
But coucht htrijpear, ud ran at bim Mfiain* 
They been ymet in middeft of the plaio# 
With fo fell fury and defpiteoua force, ' 
Thjat neither could the others (broke fuftain^ 
But rudely roil'd to ground both man and hotfet 

Neither of other taking pity nor remo^ 


But Caliikre uproie again full fight. 

Whiles yet his foe lay faft jxi ienfelefs fi>und i 
Yet would he not him hurt although be fooghc : 
For (bame he ween'd a fleeping wi^t to woui»di 
But when Briana faw that dreary ftouml. 
There where ihe ftood upon the caAle waU^ 
She dcem'd him lure to have beeo dead on ground t 
And made fuch piteous mourning therewithal!. 

That from the battlements ihe ready feem'd to faU« 

Canto L .THE':P AIRY QUEEN. gif 


Nath'lefs at length iiiinfclf he tbd 4iprear 
In luftlefs wife v as if againfl: his will, »• 
Ere he had ilept his EU, he waken!d were» 
And 'gan to fbetch his limbs ; which feeling HI 
Of bis late &1U awhile he relied ftili : 
But when he fiaw his foe before in view. 
He ihoojc off lu{ki(hne&, and coura^ chill 
Kindling afrefli, 'jgan baule to Knew, 

To prove if better foot than hor&iMck would enfue* 


There then bl^ a fearful cruel fraf 
Betwixt them two for maiftery of . might* 
For both wore wondrous praAiek in that pUy> 
And.paffing weH ei^pert in fingle fight. 
And both inflam'd with furious defpi^t : 
"^Vhidi as it ftili increaft, fo ftill iocreaft 
Their criiel jflkrokes and terrible affright ; 
Ne onc^ for TUth thfeir rig^our they releaft^ . 

Ne once m breatha awhile their angers tempeft ceaft^ 


Thus long tlfttff im/t*6 and traverft to and fro. 
And tri4e all ways, how each mote entrance make 
Into the life of his mali^ant foe ^ 
They hew*d their hdms, and places afunder brake. 
As they had potffaards faeen ; for nought mote flake 
Their greedy vengeances but goary blood ^ 
That at the laft like to a purple lake 
Of: bloody gone congeal'd about them ftood. 

Which from their riven fides forth guflicd like a floed. ] 


At length it chanc-d, that both their honcbo&high / 
Attonce did heave, with all their powre and flaight. 
Thinking thft utmoft of their force to try^ 
And prqye Mbf final fortune of the fight[ : 
But CalidQre^ that was more quick of iighty i 
And nimbler banded than his enemy. 
Prevented hini before his flrxike. could lig^. 
And on the helmet fmote him formerly, 

Thacjnade himftoop to ground with jneek humility* 



And ere he covdd recover foot agmn^ 
He following that fair advanuge faft. 
His ftrolce redoubled with fuch might and main. 
That him upon the ground he groveling caft ; 
And leaping to him light, would have unlac'd 
His helm, to make unto his vengeance way. 
Who feeing in what danger he was placed, 
Cry'd out. Ah merc^ Sir, do me not (lay, 

BuC'fave my life,, which lot before your foot doth lay. 


With that his mortal hand awhile he ftaid. 
And having fomewhat calm'd his wrathful heat 
With goodly patience, thus he to him faid ; 
And is the boaft of that proud Ladies threat. 
That menaced me from the field to beat. 
Now brought to this ? By this now may ye learn. 
Strangers no more fo rudely to entreat. 
But put away proud look, and ufage fiem. 

The which (hall nought to you but foul diihonoor earn. 


For nothing is more blameful to a Knight, 
That courtfie doth as well as arms profefs. 
How ever ftrong and fortunate in fight. 
Than the reproach of pride and cruelnefs. 
In vain he ieeketh others to fuppnefs. 
Who hath not learn'd himfelf firfl: to fubdue : 
All fle(h is frail, and fitll of ficklenefs, 
Subjeft to fortunes chance, ftill changing new ; 
What haps to day to me, to morrow may to you. 


Who will not mercy unto others (hew, 
, How can he mercy ever hope to have ? 
To pay each with his own, is right and due. 
Yet fince ye mercy now do need to crave, 
I will it grant, your hopelefs life to fave. 
With thefe conditions, which I will propound : 
Firft that ye better (hall yourfelf behave 
Unto all errant Knights, wherefo on ground ; 

Next that ye Ladies aid in every Itead and ftound. 

Cantol. THE FAIRY QUEEN. 321 


The wretched man» that all this while did dwell 
In dread of death, his heafts did gladly hear. 
And promift to perform his precept well. 
And whatfoever elfe he would requere. 
So fufiring hrm to rife, he made him fwear 
By his own fword, and by the crofs tliereon. 
To take Briana for his loving Fere, 
Withouten dowre or compoHcion : 

But to releafe his former foul condition. 


AH which accepting, and with faithful oath 
Binding himlelf mod firmly to obey. 
He up arofe, how ever lief or loth. 
And fwore to him true fealty for aye. 
Then forth he calld from forrowful difmay 
The fad Briana^ which all this beheld : 
Who coming forth yet full of late affray. 
Sir Calidore up-chear'd, and to her tell'd 

All this accordy to which he Cruder had compeld. 


Whereof fhe now more glad, than forry earft, 
AU overcome with infinite affeft, 
For^his exceeding courtefie, that pierft 
Her ftubborn heart with inward deep effeA, 
Before his feet her felf (he did project. 
And him adoring as her lifes dear Lord, 
With all due thanks, and dutiful refped, 
Herfelf acknowledged bound for that accord. 

By which he had to her both life and Love refl:or*d. 


So all returning to the caftle glad, 
Moft joyfully Ihc them did entertain ; 
Where goodly glee and feaft to them (he made. 
To fhew her thankful mind and meaning fain. 
By all the means fhe mote it belt explain : 
And after all, unto Sir Calidore 
She freely gave that caftle for his paio, 
And her Icif bound to him for evermore ; 

So wondrouQy now changed from that ihe was afore. 
Vol. II.. X 



But Calidore hinifclf would not rctiin 

Nor land nor fee for hire of his good deed 5 
But gave them ftraight unto that Squire again. 
Whom from her Sencfchall he lately freed. 
And to his Damzel, as their rightful meed. 
For recompence of all their former wrong : 
There he remairtd with them right well agreed^ ; 
Till of his wounds he wcxed whole and ftrong. 

And then to his- firft queft he pafled forth along. 


Calidore fees young Txiftram Jlay 

A prtmd dtfcourteous ^gbt : 
He makes bim Squire^ an4 of bim kams 

His fiaie and prefeMt plight 


What vertue is fo fitting for a Knight, 
Or f9r a Lady whom a Knight fhould love. 
As courtefie, to bear themfelves aright 
To all ,of eiach degree as doth behove ? 
For whether they be placed high above, 
Or low beheath, yet ought they well to know 
Their good, that none them rightly may reprove 
Of rudends, for not yielding what they owe : 

Great (kill it is fucb duties timely to beftow. • 


Thereto great help Dame Nature felf doth lend : 
For fome fo goodly gracious are by kind, 
That every adion doth them much commend. 
And in the eyes of men great liking find ; 
Which ochqrs, that have greater (kill in mind. 
Though they enforce themfelves, cannot attain. 
For every thing to which one is inclinM, 
Doth beft become, and greateft grace doth gain : 

Ycipraife likewtfe deferve good chewes, enforced with pain. 

Omtairj THE FAIRY QUEEPT. 323 


That well in pourteoas CaUdare appears ; 

Whofe cverjE deed, and word tbac he did fay. 

Was like enchancmenc, that through both the ey^s. 

And both the ears did fteal the heart away. 

He now again is on his former way. 

To follow his firft queft, whenas he jpide 

A tali young man from thence not far away. 

Fighting 00 foot, as well he him defcride, 

Againft an armed Knight, that did on horleback ride, 


And them befide a Lady fair he faw. 
Standing alone on toot in foul array : 
To whom himfeif he haftily did draw. 
To wcec the caufe of fo uncomely fray. 
And to d^rt them, if fo be he may. 
But ere be came in place, that youth had kill'd 
That armed Knight, that low on ground he lay ; 
Which when he law, his heart was inly chili'd 

With great amazement,and his thought with wonder fill'd* 


Him ftedfadly he markt, and faw to be 
A goodly youth of amiable grace, 
YeLbut>a Qcnder flip, that fcarce did fee 
Yet ieyenteen years, but tall and fair of face. 
That fure he deemed him born of noble race* 
Al 1 in a Woodmans jacket he was clad 
Of Uncoln green, belaid with filver lace ; 
And on his head a hood with aglets fprad. 

And by.iiis fide his 4iuiiters horn he hanging bad. 


Bufkins he wore of cofllieft cordwain, 

Pinkt upon gold, and paled part per part. 
As then the guize was for each ^ntle fwain ; 
In his right hand he held a trembling dart. 
Whole fellow he before had feat apart ; 
And in b» left he held a iharp Bore-fpear, 
With- which he wont;to launce the faivage heart 
Of many a Lion, and of many a Bear 

That firit unto his hand in chafe did happen near. 

X 2 



Whom Calidore awhile well having vicw*d, 

Ac length befpake ; What means this« gentle fwain } 
Why hach thy hand too bold it fclf embrew'd 
In blood oT Knight, the which by thee is flain ? 
By thee no Knight ; which arms impugneth plain. 
Certcs, faid he, loth were I to have broken 
The law of arms ; yet break it (hould again. 
Rather than lee my felf of wight be ftroken, 

So long as thefe two arms were able to be wrokcn. 


For not I him, as this his Lady here 

May witnefs well, did offer firft to wrongs 

Ne lurcly thus unarm'd I likely were j 

But he me firft,- through pride and puiflance ftrong 

AfTaild, not knowing what to arms doth long. 

Perdie great blame, then faid Sir Calidore^ 

For armed Knight a wight unarmed to wrong. 

But then aread, thou gentle child, wherefore 

Betwixt you two began this ftrife and ftern uprore. 


That fhall I footh, faid he, to you declare. 
I, whofe unriper years arc yet unfit 
For thing of weight, or work of greater care. 
Do fpend my days, and bend my carelefs wit 
l^o falvage chace, where I thereon may hit 
In all this foreft, and wild woody rain : 
Where, as this day I was enranging it, 
I chaunc*d to meet this Knight who there lies {lain, 

Together with this Lady, palling on the plain. 


The Knight, as ye did fee, on horfeback was. 
And this his Lady (that htm ill became) 
On her fair feet by his horfe fide did pafs 
Through thick and thin, unfit for any Dame. 
Yet not content, more to increafe his (hame, 
Whenfo fhe lagged, as (he needs mote fo, 
He with his fpvear (that was to him great blame) 
Would thump her forward, and inforce to go. 

Weeping to him in vain, and making piteous woe. 



Which when I faw, as they me pafled by. 
Much was I moved in indignant mind. 
And 'gan to blame him fqr fuch cruelty 
Towards a Lady, whom with ufage kind 
He rather (hould have taken up behind. 
Wherewith he wroth, and full of proud difdain. 
Took in foul fcorn that I fuch fault did find. 
And me in lieu thereof reviled again, 

Threatning to chaftize me, as doth t'a child pertain. 


Which I no lefs difdaining, back retum'd 
His fcornful taunts unto his teeth again. 
That he ftraightway with haughty choler bum*d. 
And with his fpear ftrook me one ftroke or twain } 
Which I enforced to bear, though to my pain, 
Caft to requite ; and with a flender dart. 
Fellow of this I bear, thrown not in vain, 
Strook him, as feemeth, underneath the heart. 

That through the wound his fpirit fliortly did depart. 


Much did Sir Calidore admire his fpeech 
Tempred fo well; but more admir'd the ftroke 
That through the mails had made fo ftrong a breach 
Into his heart, and had fo fternly wroke 
His wrath on him that firft occafion broke. 
Yet refted not, but further *gan inquire 
Of that fame Lady, whether what he fpoke. 
Were foochly fo, and that th*unrighteous ire 

Of her own Knight, had given him his own dpe hire. 


Of all which, whenas Ihe could nought deny^ 
But cleared that ftripling of thUmpuced blame \ 
Said then Sir Cdidarej neither will I 
Him charge with guilt, but rather do quit claim : 
For what he fpake, for you he fpake it. Dame \ 
And what he did, he did himfelf to fave : [(hame. 
Againft both which, that Knight wrought Knightkfs. 
For Knights and all men this by nature have. 

Towards all womenkind them kindly to behave. ' 


^6 ' THE FAIRY QUEEN, BtfokVl: 

But fith that he i^ gone irrevocable, 
Pleafe it you Lady, to us to aread. 
What caufe could make him fo difliohourtble. 
To drive you fo on foot unfit to tread 
And lackey by him, gainft all womanheod ? 
Certes, Sir Knight, faid (he, full loth I were 
To raife a living blame againft the dead : 
But full it me concerns my felf to clear, 

I will the truth difcover, as it chanced whylere. 


This day, as he and I together rode 
Upon our way to which we wcren bent. 
We chaiic*d to come foreby a covert glade 
Within a wood, whereas a Lady gene 
Sate with a Knight in joyous joUiment 
Of their frank loves, free from all jealous fpies : 
Fair was the Lady fure, that mote content 
An heart not carried with too curious eyes. 

And unto him did ibew all lovely courtefies. 


Whom when my Knight did fee fo lovely fair. 
He inly *gan her Lover to envy. 
And wilh that he part of his fpoil might (hare. 
Whereto whenas my prefence he did fpy 
To be a let, he bade me by and by 
For to alight : but whenas I was loth. 
My Lovts own part to leave fo fuddenly. 
He with ftrong hand down from his deed me throw'th. 

And ^chprefumpcuous powre againft thatKnight llraighc 

XVIIL I [go'th. 

Unarmed all was the Knight; as then more meet 
For Ladies fervice, and for loves delight. 
Than fearing any foe-man there to meet : 
Whereof he taking odds, ftraight bids him dight 
Himfelf to yield his Love, or elfe to fight, ' 
'Whereat the other ftarting up difmayd. 
Yet boldly anfwer'd, as he rightly mights, 
To leave his Love he ihould be ill apaid. 

In which he had good right gainft all that it gain-faid. 

rante 11. THE FAIRY QUEEN. 1^17 


Yet iince he was not pitfcntly in plight • 
Her CO defend, or his to juftify. 
He him requefted, as he was a Knight, 
To lend him day his better right to try. 
Or day till he his arms (which were thereby) 
Might lightly fetch. But he was fierce and hot,' 
Ne time would give, nor any terms aby. 
But at him flew, and with his fpear him fmote ; 

From which to think to fave himfelf» it booted not. 


Mean while hjs Lady, which this outrage faw, 
Whilft they together for the quarry ftrove. 
Into the covert did herfelf withdraw, 
And .clofely hid herfdf within the grove. 
My Knight, hers foon (z% feems) to danger drove. 
And left fore wounded : but when her he mifl:. 
He woxe half mad, and in that rage *gan rove 
And range through all the wood, whercfo he wift: 

She hidden was, and fought her fo long as him lift. 


But whenas her he by no means could find, 

( After long fearch and cbaufiF, he turned back 
Unto the place where me he left behind : 
There 'gan he me to curfe and ban, for lack 
Of that fair booty, and with bitter wrack 
To wreak on me the guilt of his own wrong. 
Of all which, I yet glad to bear the pack. 
Strove to appeaie him, and perfuaded long : 

But ftill his pafiion grew more violent and ftrong. 


Then as it were t* avenge his wrath on me. 
When forward we ihould fare, he flat refus'd 
To take me up (as this young man did fee) 
Upon his fteed, for no juft caufe accused. 
But forc'd to trot on foot, and foul mifus'd ; 
Punching me with the butt-end of his fpear. 
In vain comphuntng to be fo abused. 
For he regarded neither plaint nor tear. 

But more enforc'd qiypa^D, the more my plaints to bc^r. 

X 4 



So pafled we^ till this young man us met ; 
And being mov'd with pity of my plight. 
Spake as was meet, for eafc of my regret : 
Whereof befell what now is in your fight. 
Now fure, then faid Sir Calidore^ and right 
Me feems, that him befell by his own fault : 
Whoever thinks through confidence of mighty 
Or through fupport of countenance proud and hault 

To wrong the weaker, oft falls in his own aflault. 


Then turning back unto that gentle boy. 
Which had himfelf fo floutly well acquit; 
Seeing his face fo lovely Hern and coy. 
And hearing th' anfwers of his pregnant wit» 
He prais'd it much, and much admired it ; 
That fure he weend him born of noble bloody 
With whom thofe graces did fo goodly fit : 
And when he long had him beholding ftood. 

He burft into thefe words, as to him feemcd good. 


Fair gentle fwain, and yet as ftout as fair. 
That in thefe woods amongll the Nymphs doft wonne. 
Which daily may to thy Iwect looks repair^ 
As they are wont unto Latonas fon. 
After his chafe on woody Cyntbus done ; 
Well may I certes fuch an one thee read. 
As by thy worth thou worthily haft won. 
Or furely born of fome heroick fed. 

That in thy face appears, and gracious goodlyhead. 


But (hould it not difpleafe thee it to tell 

(Unlefs thou in thefe woods thy felf conceal, 
^ For love amongft the woody Gods to dwell \ ) 
I would thy felt require thee to reveal. 
For dear afFe^ion and unfeigned zeal 
Which to thy noble perfonage I bear. 
And wifh thee grow in worfhip an(> great weal. 
For fince the day that arms I firft did rear, 

I never faw in any, greater hope appear. 

Canto 11. THE FAIRY Q^UE EN. 32^ 


To whom then thus the noble youth ; May be 
Sir Knight, that by difcovering my eftate. 
Harm may arife unweeting unto me ; 
Nath'lefs, lith ye fo courteous feemed late. 
To you I will not fear it to relate. 
Then wote ye that I am a Briton bom. 
Son of a King, how ever thorough fate 
Or fortune I my country have forlorn. 

And loft the crown, which Ihouid my head by right adorn« 


And Trifiram is my name, the only heir 
Of good King MeUogras^ which did reign 
In CornwaUy till that he through lifes defpair 
Untimely dy*d, before I did attain 
Ripe years of reafon, my right to maintain. 
Auer whofe death, his Brother feeing me 
An infant, weak a kingdom to fuftain. 
Upon him took the royal high degree. 

And fent me, where him lift, inftru£ted tor to be. 


The Widow-Queen my mother, which then hight 
Fair EmUinej conceiving then great fear 
Of my frail fafety, refting in the might 
Of him, that did the kingly fcepter bear. 
Whole jealous dread induring not a peer. 
Is wont to cut off all that doubt may breed. 
Thought bcft away me to remove fomewhcre 
Into fome foreign land, whereas no need 

Of dreaded danger might his doubtful humour feed^^ 

So taking couniel of a wife man read. 
She was by him adviz'd, to fend me quite 
Out of the country wherein I was bred. 
The which the fertile Uonefs is hight. 
Into the land of Fairy^ where no wight 
Should weet of me, nor work me any wrong. 
To whofe wife read (he hearkning fent me (Iraight 
Into this land, where I have wond thus long. 

Since I was ten years old, now grown to ftature ftrong* - 

1^ TH E F AI R Y QJTE E N. Book VL 


All whicH tny djfys I' have not leWdly fpent. 
Nor Ipilt the bloflbtn of my tender years 
In idlefs ; but aa was convenient. 
Have trained been with many noble Feres, 
In gentle thews,, and fuch like feemly leres. 
Mongft which, my molt delight hath always been 
To hunt the faJvage chace amongft my peres. 
Of all that rangeth in the fbreft green ; 

Qf which none is to me unknown that cv'r was ieen« 


Ne is there Hawk which mandeth her on pcarch," 
Whether high towrins;, or accoafting low. 
But Ithe meafure of her flight do fearch. 
And all her prey and all her diet know. 
Such be our joys, which in thele forefts grow , 
Only the ufe of arms, which moft I joy. 
And ficteth moft for noble Twain to know, 
I have not tailed yet, yet paft a boy. 

And being now high time thefe ftrong joints to implcy. 


Therefore good Sir, fith now occafion fit 
Doth fall, whofe like hereafter feldom may ; 
Let me this crave, unworthy though of it. 
That ye will make me Squire without delay. 
That from henceforth in battailous array 
I may .bear arms, and learn to ufe them right i 
The rather fmce that fortune hath this day 
Given to me the fpoil of this dead Knight, 

Thcfe goodly gilden arms > which I have won in fight. 


All which, when well Sir Calidore had heard. 

Him much more now, than ear ft he 'gan admire. 
For the rare hope which in his years appear'd. 
And thus repUde ; Fair child, the high defire 
To love of arms, which in you doth afpire, 
I may^not certes without blame deny ; 
But rather wifh, that fome more noble hire 
(Though none more noble than is chevalry ) 

I i^ad you to reward with greater dignity. 

Cahtftlt THE FAIRY QUEEN. 331 


There hiirl he Aus'd to kneel> aikl mad^ to fwear 
Faith CO bis Koight, and truth to Ladies all ; 
And never to berecreant» for fear 
Of peril, or of ought that might befall : 
So he him dubbed, and his Squire did call. 
Full glad and joyous then young Tri^ram grew» 
Like as a flowre, whole filkcn leaves fmall. 
Long (hut up in the bud from heavens view, [hue. 

At length breaks forth, and brode difplayes his fmiiin^ 


Thus when they long bad treated* to and fro^ 
And Calidare betook him to depart. 
Child Triftram prayd, that he with him might go 
On his adventure v vowing not to ftart. 
But wait on him in every place and part. 
Whereat Sir Calidcre did much delight. 
And greatly joy 'd at his fo noble heart. 
In hope he fure would prove a doughty Knight : 

Yet for the time this anfwer he to him behighL 


Glad would I furely be, thou courteous Squire, 
To have thy pretence in my prefent quell. 
That mote thy kindled courage fet on fire. 
And flame forth honour in thy noble breaft : 
But I am bound by vow, which I profefl: 
To my dread Sbveraine when I it aflayd 
That in atchievement of her high beheft, 
I fhould no creature join unto mine aid, 

Fortby I may not grant that ye fo greatly prayd. 


But fmce thi» Lady is all defolate. 

And needeth fafeguard now upon her way, 
. Ye may do well in this her needful ftate 

To fuccour her from danger of difmay ; 

That thankful guerdon may to you repay. 

The noble Imp, ot fuch new fervice fain. 

It gladly did accept, as he did fay. 

So taking courteous leave, they parted twain^ 
And Calidi^e forth paficd to bis former pain. 



But ^riftramj then defpoiiing that dead Knight 
Of airthoie goodly imphments of praife. 
Long fed his greedy eyes with the fair fight 
Of the bright metal, ihining like Sun rays $ 
Handling and turning them a thoufand ways. 
And after having them qpon him dight. 
He took that Lady, and her up did raife 
Upon the fteed of her own late dead Knight : 

So with her marched forth, as (he did him behight. 


There to their fortune, leave wc them awhile. 
And turn we back to good Sir CaUdore ; 
Who ere he thence had.traveld many a mi]e» 
Came to the place, whereas ye h^ard afore^ 
This Knight, whom Trijiram flew, had wounded (ore 
Another Knight in his defpiteous pride ; 
There he that Knight found lying on the flore. 
With many wounds full perilous and wide. 

That ail his garments, and the grafs in vermeil dide. * 

And there befidc him fate upon the ground 
His woeful Lady, piteoufly complaining 
With loud laments that mofi: unlucky ftound. 
And her fad felf with carefifl hand conftraining 
To wipe his wounds,^ and eafe their bitter paining. 
Which forry fight when Cafidore did view 
Wkh heavy eyne, from tears uneath refraining. 
His mighty heart their mournful cafe 'gan rue. 

And for their better comfort to them nigher drew. 


Then fpeaking to the Lady, thus he faid : 
Ye dolpful Dame, let not your grief empeach ] 
To tell, what cruel hand hath thus arraid 
This Knight unarmed, with fo unknightly breach 
Of arms, that if I yet him nigh may reach, 
I may avenge him of fo foul defpight. 
The Lady, hearing his fo courteous fpeech, 
*Gan rear her eyes as to the chearful light, 

And from her forry heart few heavy words forth figh't. 



In which ihe (hewM how that difcourtcous Knight 
(Whom Triftram flew) them in that fliadow lound. 
Joying together in unblam'd delight. 
And him unarmed, as now he lay on ground. 
Charged with his fpear, and mortally did wound 
Withoutcn caule, but only her to reave 
From him, to whom flic was for ever bound : 
Yet when ftie fled into that covert grcave. 

He her not finding, both them thus nigh dead dkl leave. 


When CaHd&re this rueful ftory had 
Well underftood, he *gan of her demand. 
What manner wight he was, and how yclad. 
Which had this out-rage wrought with wicked hand. 
She then, like as flie beft could underftand« 
Him thus defcrib'd, to be of flature large,. 
Clad all in gilden arms, with azure band 
Quartred athwart, and bearing, in his targe 

A Lady on rough waves, row'd in a fummer b^rge 


Then 'gan Sir Cdidore to guefs ftraightway. 
By many figns which flie defcribed had. 
That this was he whom Trijlrdm earft/dtd flay. 
And to her faid ; Dame be no longer fad : 
For he that hath yoiir Knight fo ill beftad, 
Is now himfelf in much more wretched plight; 
Thefe eyes him faw upon the cold earth fprad, 
The meed of his defert for that dcfpight. 

Which to your felf he wrought, and to your loved Knight. 


Therefore, 'fair Lady, lay afide this grief, * 
Which ye have gathered tO your gentle heart 
For that difpleafure % and think what relief 
Were beft devife for this your Lovers fmart. 
And how ye may him hence, and to what part 
Convey to be recur*d. She thankt him dear. 
Both for that news he did to her impart. 
And for the courteous care .which he did bear 

Both 10 her Love, antl to hcrfdf in th« Ud.drc^r* 



Yet could flbe not devifc by any wit. 

How thence (he might convey him to fomc place. 

For him to trouble ihe it thought unfit. 

That was^a ftranger to her wretched cafe; 

And him to bear, (he thought it thing too ba(e. ' 

Which whenas he perceiv'd, he thus beipake ; 

Fair Lady, let it not you (eem difgrace. 

To bear this burden on your dainty back ; 

Myfelf will bear a part, -copOTt ion of your pack. 

, XLVIir. 

So off he did his fhield, and downward layd 
Upon thegroumi, like to an hollow bier % ' 
And pouring balni, which he hddjorig purrayd ' 

• Into hi5 wounds, him up thereon 'did rear, 
AndtwiKt them both wirh parted pains did bear^ 
Twixt life and death, not knowing what was dont* 
Thence they him ca#ied to a cattle neaJ:, ' 

In which a worthy ancient Knight<lid wonne: 

WhecB ^at erifu*dj Ihall in next canto be begun. 

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« * 

CaJidore Mags: PirifcHla: hame^ 
Pnrfues sim £iaiant beeft :^ .. 

Saves, 8&rtnz\^ tcfc'^Cal^iai 
My Turpme is, cpprefi^ 


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'T^rue is, that whilohfie that good Poet faU, 
A The gentlb mind by gentle deeds is. known* . • 
For man by nothing i&.fo . well bcwntyd, . . : 
As by his manners j in which plain is fliown 
Of what degree and what rate he: is grown. 
For feldom <tcT\, a trotting. Stailion get \ f 

An ambling Colt, .that is bis proper owtt : 
So feldom Icen that one in bafenefs fee . . : 

Doth noWc x:ouragc fhcw with courteous manners met.' 

Canto in. THE FAIRY-QUEEN. sjj 


But cvcrmbrc contrary hath been tryM. 
That gentle blood wUl> gentle manners breed i 
As well may be in Calidore defcry'd. 
By late ^nfample of chat courteous deed. 
Done to that wounded Knight in his great need. 
Whom on his back he bore, till he him brought 
Unto the caftle where they had decreed. 
There of the Knight, the which that caftle oughts 
To make abode that night he greatly was bcfought. 

He was to weet a man of ftiH ripe years. 

That, in his youth had been of micklc might. 
And borne great fway in arm^ amongll his peers : 
But now weak age had dimd his candle-light* 
Yet was he courteous -ftill to every wight, . 
And loved all that did to arms incline. 
And was the Father of thaft -wounded Knight^ . 
Whom Cdfdlw"^ thus carried on his chine, ' 

And j^diis wafi his name, and his Son's Aladine. 

IV. , . 

Who when he faw his Son fo ill bedight, '^ 

With bleeding wounds, brought home upon a bitr* 
By a fair Lady, and a ftranger Knight, 
Was inly touched with compaffion dear. 
And dear affedion of fo doleful drear. 
That he thefe words burft forth ; Ah forry boy. 
Is this the hope that to my hoary hair 
Thou brings! aye me! is this the timely joy, * 
Which I expefted long, now turned to fad annoy. 

Such is the weaknefs of all mortal hope ; 
^ So tickle is. the ftate of earthly things. 
That ere they come .unto their aimed fcope. 
They fall too fliort of our frail reckonings. 
And bring us bale and bitter forrowings, 
Inftead of comfort, which \^t ihould embrace. 
This is the ftate of Kcafars and of Kings. 
Let none therefore, that is in meaner place, 
Too greatly grieve at any his-uitlucky cafe. ' • 



So well and wifdy did that good old Knight 
Temper bis grief, and turned it to chear. 
To cnear his guefts, whom he had ftayd that nighty 
And make their welcome to them well appear : 
That to Sir CaHdore was eafy gear ; 
But that fair Lady would be chearM for nought. 
But ligh'd and forrow'd for her Lover dear. 
And inly did afflift her penfive thought. 

With thinking to what cafe her namelhould nowbebrought. 


For fhe was Daughter to a noble Lord, 

Which dwelt thereby, who fought her to afFy, 

To a great Peer : but fhe did difaccord, 

Ne could her liking to his love ^pply* 

But lov'd this frefli ycung Knight, who dwelt her nigh. 

The lufty Aladine though meaner born, 

And of lefs livel^ood and liability ; 

Yet full of valour, the which did adorn 

His meannefs much, and make her th'others riches fcom. 


So having both found fit occafion. 

They met together in that lucklefs glade ; 
Where that proud Knight in his prefumption 
The gentle Aladine did earft invade, 
Being unarm'd, and fet in fecret (hade. 
Whereof Ihe now bethinking, 'gan t'advize. 
How great a hazard (he at earft had made 
Of her good fame ; and further 'gan devize^ 

How ftie the blame might falve with coloured difguize. 


But Calidore with all good courtefy 

Feign'd her to frolick, and to put away 

The penfive fit of her melancholy ; 

And that old Knight by all means did alTay, 

To make them both as merry as he may. 

So they the evening paft, till time of reft \ 

When Calidore in feemly good array 

Unto his bowre was brought, and there undreft. 

Did flecp all night through weary travel of his queft. 



But fair PrifdUa (fo that Lady hight) / 

Would to no bed, nor take no kindtjr fleeps 
But by her wounded Love did watch all night. 
And all the night for bitter anguilh weep. 
And with her tears his v^ounds did wafli and fteep/ 
So wdl flxc waftit them, and fo well fhe watcht him. 
That of the deadly fwound, in which full deep 
He drenched was, Ihe at the length difpatcht him. 

And drove away the ftound, which mortally attacht him. 


The morrow next when day *gan to up-look. 
He alfo 'gan up-look with dreary eye. 
Like one that out of deadly dream awook : 
Where when he faw his fair Prijcilla by. 
He deeply figh*d, and groaned inwardly. 
To think of this ill ftate, in which fhe ftood^ 
To which Qie for his fake had weetingly 
Now brought her iclf, and blam'd her noble blood : 

For firft, next after life, he tendered her good* 


Which Ihe perceiving, did with plenteous tears 
His cafe more than her own compaflionate. 
Forgetful of her own, to mind his fears : 
So both confpiring, 'gan to intimate 
Each others grief with zeal afFe£tionate, 
And *twixt them twain with equal care to caft. 
How to fave whole her hazarded eft ate ; 
For which the only help now left them laft 

SeemM to be Calidon: all other helps were paft. 


Him they did deem, as fure to them he feemM, 
A courteous Knight, and full of faithful truft: 
Therefore to him their caufc they beft efteem*d 
Whole to commit, and to his dealing juft. 
Early, fo foon as Titans beams forth bruft 
Through the thick clouds, in which they fteepcd lay 
All night in darknefs, dull'd with iron rutt, 
Calidore rifing up as freih as day, 

*Gan frefhly him addrcfs unto his for.mer way. 
Vol. II. y 




But firil him feemed 6u thac.wounded Knight 
To viiity after this nights perilous pafs, 

' And to falute him, if he were in plight. 
And eke that Lady his fair lovely Lafs. 
There he him found much better than he was. 
And moved fpeech to him of things of courfe. 
The anguifli of his pain to over-pafs : 
Mongft which he namely did to him difcouHe, 

Of former days mi(hap, his forrows wicked fourfe, 


Of which occafion Jldine taking hold, 
'Gan break to him the fortunes of his Love, 
And all his difadventure^ to unfold ; 
That Calidore it dearly deep did move. ' 
In th*end his kindly courtefie to prove. 
He him by all the bands of love befought. 
And as it mote a faithful friend behove. 
To fafe-conduct his Love, and not for ought 

To leave, pill to her Fathers houTe he had her brought 


Sir Calidore his faith thereto did plight, 
It to perform : fo after little ftay» 
That ihe herfeif had to the journey dight. 
He palTed forth with her in fair array, 
Fearlefs, who ought did chink, or ought did fay, 
Sith his own thought he knew mod clear from wite. 
So as they paft together on their way. 
He *gan devife this counter caft of flight 

To give fair colour to that Ladies caufe in fight. 


Straight to the carcafs of that Knight he went. 
The caufe of all this evil, who was flain 
The .day before by juft avengement 
Of noble Trifiramy where it did remain : 
There he the neck thereof did cut in twain. 
And took with him the head, the fign of Ihame, 
So forth he pafled thorough that day's pain. 
Till to that Ladies Fathers houfe he came. 

Molt pcnfive man, through fear, what of his child becatrie. 

Cantolll. THE PAllty QUEElN. 359 


There he arriving boldly, did prefent 
The fearful Lady to her Father dear, 
Mod perfeft-pure, andguiitlefs innocent 
Of blame, as he, did on his knighthood fweaf^ 
Since firft he faw her, and did free from fear 
Of a difcourteous Knight, who her had reft, 
And by outrageous force away did bear : 
Witnefe thereof he lhew*d his head there left. 

And wretched life forlorn for vengemenc of his thefts 

Moft joyfijl man her Sire was her to fee. 
And bear th' adventure of her late mifchance i 
And thoufand thanks to Calidore ibr fee 
Of his large pains in her deliverance , 

Did yield i Ne lefs the Lady did advance. 
Thus having her reftored truftily. 
As he had vow*d, fome fmall continuance 
He there did make, and then moft carefully 

Unto his firft exploit he did hlmfelf apply. , 


So as he was purfuing of his queft. 

He chanc'd to come whereas a jolly Knight, 

In covert (bade himlelf did fafely reft. 

To folace with his Lady in delight : 

His warlike arms he had from him undight } 

For that himfelf he thought from danger free^ 

And far from envious eyes that mote him fpi^t^ 

And eke the Lady was full fair to fee* 

Ahd courteous withall, beconliing her degree. 


Td whom Sir Calidore approaching nigh. 
Ere they were well aware of living wigh(^ 
Them much abafht, bu^ more himfelf thereb^^ 
That he fo rudely did upon them light, 
And troubled had their quiet loves delight* 
Yet fince it was his fortune, not his faulty 
Himfelf thereof he laboured to acquite. 
And pardon crav'd for his fo raih default^ 

That he ''gainft courtefy fo fouly d?d dcfauk. 

Y a 



< XXII. 

With which his gentle words and goodly wit. 
He foon aliay'd that Knights conceived difpleafure. 
That he befoaghtbim down by him to fit. 
That they mote treat of things abroad at leifure ^ 
And of adventures, which had in hi« meafure 
Of fo long Ways to him befallen late. 
So down he fate, and with delightful pleafure 
His long adventures *gan to him relate. 

Which he endured had through dangerous debate. 


Of which whilft they difcourfed both together. 
The fair Serena (jo his Lady hight) 
AIlur*d with mildnefs of the gentle weather. 
And pleafance of the place, the which was dight 
With divers flowres diftind with rare delight j 
Wandrcd about the fields, as liking led 
Her wavering luft after her wandring fight, 
To make a girlond to adorn her head. 

Without fufpcdt of ill or dangers hidden dread. 


All fudainly out of the foreft near 

The Blatant Reaft^ forth rufhing unaware, 
Caught her thus loofely wandring here and thcre^ 
And in his wide great mouth away her bare. 
Crying aloud, to ihew her fad misfare 
Unto the Knights, and calling oft for ayd ;. 
Who with the hof rour of her haplefs care 
Haftily darting up, like men difmay'd. 

Ran after faft, to refcue the diftreflTed Maid. 


The beaft with their purfuit incited more. 
Into the wood was bearing her apace 
For tQ 'have fpbiled her, when Calidore 
Who was more light of foot and fwift iA chace. 
Him over-took in middeft of his race .. 
And fiercely charging him with all his might,. 
vForc'd to forgo his prey there in the place. 
And to betake himfelf to fearful flight j 

For he durft not abide with "Qalidoi'e to fight* 

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Caifto-ni. T « E F A li^ Y QU E FN. ■ i^i 

. . XXVI. 

Who nathcleft, Wlieh fie the Lady faw 

There l^t on ground, though in full evil plight. 
Yet knowing that her Knight now near did dray^ 
Stayd not to fuccourher in that affright. 
But followed faft the monfter in his flight : 
Through woods and hills he followed him fo faft. 
That he n'ould let him breathe nor gather fpright. 
But forc'd him gape and gafp, with dread aghaft, 

A^ if his lungs and lites were nigh afundcr braft. 


And now, by this. Sir Cahpine (fo high t). * 
Came to the place, where he his Lady found 
In dolorous difmay and deadly plight, 
AW in gore blood there tumbled on the ground, . 
Having both fides through gripM with griefly wound. 
His weapons foon from him he threw away j 
And ftooping down to her in drery fwound. 
Up reared her from the ground, whereon (he lay, 

And in his' tender arms her forced up to ftayl * 


So well he did his bufie pains apply. 

That the fainrfprite he did revoke again, . . 
To her frail maofion bf mortality. 
Then up he took her 'twixt his armes twain,. 
And fetting on his fteed, her did fuftain 
With careful hands foft footing her bcfide. 
Till to fome place of reft they mote attain, 
Whefe ihe in fafe affu ranee mote abide. 

Till Ihe'recured were of thofe her woundes wide. 

xxfx. ; 

Now whenas Pbabus with his fiery wain 
Unto hisTnn began to draw apace ; 
Tho wexing weary of that toilfome pain. 
In travelling on foot fo long a fpace. 
Not wont on foot with heavy arms to trace, 
Down in a dale forby a rivers fide. 
He chancM to fpy a fair and ftately place. 
To which he meant his weary fteps to guide. 

In hope there for his Love fome fuccour to provide. 



But coming to the rivers fide, he found 
That haraly paOable on foot k was : 
Thcrcfere there ftitl he ftood as in a (lound, 
Nfc wilt which way he through the ford mote pals^ 
Thus whilft he was in this diftrefled cafe, 
Deviling what to do, he nigh efpide 
Ati armed Knight approaching to the place. 
With a fair Lady linked by his fide, 

7he which themfeltres prepgr'd thorough the ford to ride, 


Whom Calepme faluting (as became) 
Brought of courtefie in that his need 
(For fafe cond)]&ing of his fickly Dame, 
Through that fame perilous ford with better hee4) 
,To take him up behind upon his fteed : 
To whom that other did this taunt return ; 
Perdy thou peafant Knight mightft righMy re^d 
Me then to be full bafe ai^d evil born, 

|f \ would bear behind a burden of fuch fcorn. 


Put as jthou hfft thy fteed forlorn with fhame. 
So fare on foot till thou another gain. 
And let thy Lady likewife do the fame, . - 
Of bear her on thy back with pleafing pain. 
And prove thy manhood on the b|liows vain. 
With which rude fpeech his Lady much difpleas'd. 
Did him reprove, yet could him not reftrain. 
And v^OjLlld on her own palfrey him have eas'd^ 

For pity of h^s Dame, whom fhe faw fo difeas'd. 


S\T Calefjne htj thankt^' yet inly wroth 
Againft her Knight, her gentlenefs refused. 
And carelefly into the river go'th. 
As in defpight to be fo foul abus*d 
Of a rude churl, whom often he accus'd 
Of foul 'difcourtefy, unfit for Knight \ 
And ftrongly wading through the waves unus'd. 
With fpcar in jh* one hand, ftayd himfclf upright^ 

^"^ith th' other ftayd his Ladjf up with fteddy might. 

Canto III- THE FAIRY QJJBE*^* 343 


And all the while, that fame dilcourteous Kn^t 
Stood on the further bank beholding him. 
At whofe calamicyy for more defpight. 
He lapght, and mockt to fee him like to fvfim. 
But whenas Colons came to the brim» 
And faw his carriage paft chat peril well. 
Looking at that fame Carle widi countenance grini» 
His heart with vengeance, inwardly did fwtU, 

And fonh at laft did break in fpeeches (harp and ftU, - 


Unknightly Kjiti^, the blemiih of that name^ 
And blot of all that arms upon them take. 
Which is the badge of honour and of f ame> 
Lo I dcfie thee, and hcie challenge make. 
That tjjiou for ever do thde drms forfake % 
And be four ever held a recreant iCn%ht, 
Unlefs thou dare for thy dear Ladies fake^ 
And for thine own defence on foot alight. 

To juftify thy fault 'gainft me in equal fight.. 


The dalUrd,^ that did hear himfdf defide, 
Seem'd not to weigh his threa^ful words at all,. 
But laught them out, aa if. Iiis greater pride 
Did fcorn the challenge of fo bafe a thrall : 
Or bad no courage, or elfe had no gall. 
So much the more was Calepine offended. 
That ium to no revenge he forth could ca}}. 
But both hi;i challenge and himfelf contemned^ 

Ne cared as a cqward fo to be coifdemned. 


But he nought weighing what be iaid or did, . 
Turned bis fteed about another way. 
And with his Lady to the caftle rid, 
Wh^re was his wonne •, ne did the other ftay. 
But after went diredily as he may, 

. For his fick charge fome harbour there to feek ; 
Where he arriving widi the fall of day. 
Drew ;to the gate, and there with prayers meek, 

And mild entreaty lodging did for her befeek, , 

Y 4 



But the rude Porter^ that no manners had. 
Did ihuc the gate againft him in his face. 
And entrance boldly unto him forbad. 
Nathelefs the Knight, now in fo needy caie, 
'Gan hirti entreat €V*n with fubmiflion bafe. 
And hunably prayd to let them in that night : 
Who to him anfwer'd, that there was no place 
. Of lodging fit for any errant Knight, 

UXilefs that with his Lord he formerly did fight. 

Full lofh am I, quoth he, as now at eaxA^ ' ' 
When 4ay is ipent, and reft us needeth moft. 
And (hat this Lady, both whofe fides are pierft 
With wounds, is ready to forgo the gholt : 
Ne woqld I gladly combat with mine hofl:, 
Tliat flioujd to me fuch courtefy afford, 
Unlefs ^hat 1 were thereunto cntbtrft-- - . 
But yet aread to me, how hight thy Lord, 

That doth thus ilrongly ward the caftie of .'the ford» . 


His name quoth he, if that thou lift to leim. 
Is hight Sir Turpiney one of mickle might. 
And manhood rare, but terrible and ftern 
In !all aflays to every errant Knight, * 
Becaufe of one, that wrought him foul defpig^t. 
Ill feems faid he, if he fo valiant be, ..." 
That be Ihould be fo ftem to ftranger wight : 
For feldom yet did living creature fee, 

That courtefy and manhood ever difagree*. . 

XLI. . 

But go thy ways to him, and from me fay. 
That here is at his gate an errant Knight, 
That houfe*room craves, yet would be lodi t'afi^y 
The proof of battle, now in doubtful nighty . 
Or courtefy with rudenefs to requite : 
Yet if he needs will fight, crave leave till oiom. 
And tell (withall) the lamentable plight. 
In which this Lady languiiheth forlorn^ . 

That pity <rivcs, as he oi woman was yborh. 

« . 

CantoIH. THE FAIR Y QUfeEN. ^45 


The Groom wcntftraightway in, and to his Lord .. * 
Declared the meflage, ^ which that Knight did move : 
Who fitting with his Lady then at bord. 
Not only did not his dennand approve, 
But both hlmfelf rcvil'd, and eke his Love ; 
Albe his Lady, that £A»drM hight. 
Him of ungentle ufage did reprove • 
And carneftly entreat that tliey might 

Find favour to be lodged there for that fame night. * 


Yet wouldr he nor perfuaded be for ought, • ^ 

Ne from his currifh will awhit reclaim. 
Which anfwer when the Groom, returning brought 
To Calepine^ his heartdid inly flame 
With wrathful fury for fo foul a ihame, ./ 
That he coyld not thereof avenged be : ' 
But- moft for pity of his deareft Dame, 
Whom now in deadly danger he did fee % 

Yet had no means to comfort, nor procure her glee. ^ 


But all in vain ; for why, no remedy ' 
He faw the prefent mifchicf to redrefs, 
But th*utmoft end perforce for to aby, ' • • 

Which that nights fortune would for him addrefs. 
So down he took his Lady in diftrcfs, • 

And layd her underneath a bulh to fleep. 
Covered with cold, and wrapt in wretchednefs. 
Whiles. He .himfe if all night did nooght but W€«|^'^ 

And wary watch about her for her fafeguard keep. ^ 


The morrow next, fo foon as joyous day • 
Did (hew itfclf in funny beams bedtght, 
Serenoiiuli of dolorous difmay, 
*Twixt darknefs dread, and hope of living light, 
Uprear*d her head to fe* that chearful fight. 
Then Calepine, however inly wroth. 
And greedy to avenge that vile dcfpight ; 
Yet for the feeble Ladies fake, full loth 

To make there longer ftay, forth on his journey go'th/ 

134/5 THE FAiRY QJJEE.N. JM^Vf. 


He gp'th CO foot 4iU armed by iier Qdt, 

. Upftayiiig itiU her felf up^i her fieed^ 
.Being unable die s^onc to rij^ei . 
So fore her fidc^^ fo much her wounds did bleed : 
Till that at iength, in l^is excpe^n^ft a€ed. 
He chanc'd far off ^n armed Kotghc to fyf^ 
Purfuing him apace with greedy fpeed ^ 

. Whom wejl he wift to be fqme cnemy» 

That meant to makp advantagie of bis mifery. . 


Wherefore he Aayd» ^ that he nearer 4raW) 
To weet what iflue would thereof betide^ 
Tho whenas he approached nigh in view^ 
By certain figna be plainly him defcride 
To be the man, that widi fuch fcornful pride 
Had him abu$'d, and (hamed yefterday. 
Therefore mifdoMbting, left he (hould mi%uide 
His former malice to fome new aflfay^ 

tit caft to keep himfelf fo fafeiy as he may. 


By this the other oamc in place Ukewife ; ^ ^ 

And couching ciofe his fpear and all his powre. 
As bent to fome malicious enterprife, 
|ie bade him ftand» t'abide the bitter fkoure 
Of his fore vengeance, or to make arour 
Of the lewd words and deeds which he had done ; 
With that ran at him, as he would devour 
Flis life attonce ; who nought could do, but ihun 

The peril of his pridp, or elfe be over-run. 


Yet he him ftill purfu'd from place to place, 
With full ^tent him cruelly to kill ; 
- And like a wild Goat round about did chace. 
Flying the fgry of bis bloody will. 
But his beft fuccour and refuge was ftill 
Behind his Ladies back ; who to him cride. 
And calli^d oft with prayers l6ud and ffarill. 
As ever he to Lady was affide. 

To fpare her Knight, and rcit with reafon pacifide. 



Bur he the more thereby enraged wai^ 
And with iDore eager felne^ him puiiii'd : 
So that at length, after long weaiy ch^ce* ' 

Having by chance a clofe advanta^ riew'dt 
He over-raught him, having long ^(chew'd 
His violence in vain \ and with hi$ ijpear 
Strook through his ihoulder, that the blood enfu'd 
In great aboundance, as a Weil it were. 

That forth out of an hill freih guihiagdid appear. 

Yet ceas'd he. not for aU that cruel wounds 
But cbac'd him (till, for i^U bis I^sidi^ cryi 
Not fatisfide till on the fatal ground 
He faw his life pour'd forth defpiteoufly : 
The which' was certes in great jeopa^rdy. 
Had not a wondrous chance his refcue wrought. 
And faved from hi^ cruel villany. 
Such chances oft exceed all human thoHgbt : 
That in another canto (hall to end b^ brought* 

■ I I ■ ! ■ ■ ■ ■ iW^iPi M l^y^T^Tr— — '^■^IP* 


Calcpine iy a ffilvage man 

Irom Turpinc refcu^d is\ \ 

j4nd wbiiji an Infant from a Bear 

Ik faves^ Ins Love doib mifs. 


Like as a (hip with dreadful (lorm long tody 
Having fpent all her mafts and her ground*hoIdy 
Now far from harbour likely to be loft. 
At laft fpme fifher*bark doth near behold» 
That giveth comfort to her courage cold : 
Such was the ftate of this moft courteous Knight» 
Being oppreficd by that Gaytour bold. 
That he remained in moft perilous plight, 
And hi? fad Lady left in pitiful affright. 

« I 


Till that by fortune palfing all forcfight^ 

A falvage inan, which in thofe woods did wonne. 
Drawn with that Ladies loud and piteous ftirighc^ 
Toward the fame inccflantly did rone, 
To underftand what there was to be done. 
There he this moft difcourteous craven founds 
A* fiercely yet, as when he firft begun^ 
Chafing the gentle Calepine around, 

Ne fparinghimthe more for all- his grievous wound. 


The falvage nian; that never tili this hour 
Did tafte of pity, neither gentlefs knew. 
Seeing his fiiarp aflfault and cruet ftour 
Was mudi emnfioved at his perils view ; 
That even his ruder heart began to rue. 
And feet fcompiffion of his evil plight, 
Againft his foe, that did him fo purfue : 
From wh{)tn he meant to free him, if he mighty 

And hin> ayengeof that fi> villainoiis defpighc. * 


Tfct arms or weapon had he none to fight, 
Ne knew the ufe of warlike inftruments. 
Save fuch as fudden rage him lent to fmite ; 
But naked without needful veftiments. 
To clad his corpfe with meet habilimentsr, * 
He cared not fw dint of fword nor fpear. 
No more than for the ftrokes of ftraws or t)ents : 
For from his mothers womb, which him did bear. 

He was invulnerable made by magick lean 


He ftayd not'tS aavife which way were beft ' 
tlis foe t'aftil, or how himfelf to guard ; 
But with fierce fury and with force infeft 
Upon hirh f-ari : who being well prepared : 
His firft affauk full warily did ward, 
Artd with the pufti of his (harp-pointed fpear 
Full on the breaft him ftrook, fo ftrong and hard. 
That foro'd hirh back recoil, and reel arear j 

Yet in his body niade no wound nor blood appea/. 

Cnto IV. T H E FA JR.Y QU^.« N*, 34^. 


With that, the wild man more enraged grew. 
Like to a Tygcr that hath mift his prey, | 
And with naad mood again lipon him flew. 
Regarding neither fpear that mote him flay. 
Nor his fierce deed, that mote him muchdifpay. 
The falvage nation doth all dread defpife : 
Tho on his fhield he griple hold did lay, 
And held the fame fo hard, that by no wife 

He could him force to loofe, or leave his cnterprife. 


Long did he wreft and wring it to and fro. 
And every way did try, but all in vain ; 
For he would not his greedy gripe forego. 
But Jiaird and pulld with all his might and maii>. 
That from his fteed him nigh he drev/ again. 
Who having now ho ufe oi his long fpear. 
So nigh at hand, nor force his Ihield to Arain, ' 
Both fpear and fhield, as things thatneedlefs were. 

He quite forfook, and fled himfelf away for fear. 


But after him the wild man rain apace. 
And him purfued with importune fpeed : 
(For he was fwift as any Buck in chace ) 
And had he not in his extreameft need, 
Been helped through the fwiftnefs of his fteed. 
He had him overtaken in his flight. 
"Who ever as he faw him nigh fucceed, 
Gan cry aloud with horrible afiright. 

And Ihricked out j a thing uncomely for a Knight. 


But when the Salvage faw his labour vain. 
In following of him that fled fo faft. 
He weary woxe, and back returned again 
With fpeed unto the place, whereas he laft 
Had left that couple, near their utmoft caft. 
There he that Knight full forely bleeding found. 
And eke the Lady fearfully aghaft, 
Both for the peril of the prefent ftound. 

And alfo for the fharpnefs of her rankling wound. 

^50 THE FAIRY QUEfiN. Book VI. 

For though (he were right glad, fo rid to be 

From that vile LofcU, which her late oflfcndcd j 
Yet now no lefs crtcombrance fhe did fee. 
And peril by this Salvage-man pretended ; 
Gainft whom (he faw no means to be defended. 
By rcafon that her Knight was wounded fore. 
Therefore herfclf fhe wholly recommended 
To Gods fole grace, whom (he did oft implore. 
To fend her fuccour, being of all hope forlore. 

But the wild man, contrary to her fear. 

Came to her, creeping like a fawning hound. 
And by rude tokens made to her appear 
His deep comp^ffion of her doleful ftound, 
KilTing his hands, and crouching to the ground ; 
For other language had he none nor fpcech. 
But a foft murmur, and confufed found 
Of fenfelefs words, which nature did him teach, 
T'exprefs his pafiions, which his reafon did empeach. 

And cohiing likewife to the wounded Knight, 
When he beheld the ftreams of purple blood 
Yet flowing frefli ; as moved with the fight. 
He made great moan, after his falvage mood : 
And running ftraight into the thickcft wopd, 
A certain herb from thence unto him brought, 
Whofe vertue he by ufe well underftood : 
The juice whereof into his wound he wrought. 
And ftopt the bleeding ftraight, ere he it ftaunched 

. XIII- [thought 

Then taking up that recreants ihield and. fpear, 
Which earft he left, he figns unto them made. 
With him to wend unto his wonning near : 
To which he eafily did them perfuade. 
Far in the foreft by a hollow glade, 
Cover'd with mofly (hrubs, which fpreading broad 
Did underneath them make a gloomy (hade 5 
Where foot of living creature never trodc, [abode« 
Ne fcarce wild beafts durft come, there was this wights 

CantelT. THE FAIRY QUEE;N. 351 


Thither he brought ^efe unacquamted guefts ; 
To whom fair femblance^ as he could, he fhew'd 
By figns, by looks, and all his other gefts. 
But the bare ground, with hoary mofs beftrow'd^ 
Muil be their bed, dreir pillow was unfow'd. 
And the fruits of the forcft was their fcaft : 
For their bad Steward neither ploughed nor fow'dy 
Ne fed on flefh, ne ever of wild beaft 

Did ufte the blood, obeying natures firft beheaft* 


Yet howfoeVer bafe and mean it were, 
They took it well, and thanked God for all ; 
Which had them freed from that deadly fear. 
And fav'd from being to that caitive thrall. 
Here they of force (as fortune now did fall ) 
Compelled were thcmfelves awhile to reft. 
Glad of that eafement, though it were but fmall 1 
That having there their wounds awhile redreft. 

They mote the abler be to pafs tinto the reft. 


During which time, that wild man did apply 
His beft endeavour, and his daily pain. 
In feeking all the woods both far and nigh 
For herbs to drefs their wounds $ ftill fceming fain. 
When ought he did, that did their liking gain* 
So as ere long he had that Knightes wound 
Recured well, and made him whole again : 
But that fame Ladies hurt no herb he found. 

Which could redrefs, for it was inwardly unfound. 


Now whenas Calipim was woxen ftrong, 
Upon a day he caft abroad to wend. 
To take the air, and hear the Thrufties fong, 
Unarmed, as fearing neither' foe nor friend. 
And without fword nis perfon to defend. 
There him befell, unlooked for before. 
An hard adventure with unhappy end, 
A cruel Bear, the which an Infant bore 

Betwixt his bloody-jaws, befprinklcd all with gore. 



The little babe did loudly fhriek and fquall, ' 
And all the woods with piteous plaints did fill, • 
As if his cry did mean for help to call 
To Calepine^ whofe ears thofe Ihrieches (brill 
Piercing his heart with pitys point did thrill ; 
That after him, he ran with zealous hafte, 
Torefcue th* infant, ere he did him kill : 
Whom though he faw now foniewhat ov^r-paft. 

Yet by the cry he followed, and purfued faft. 


Well then him chane'd his heavy arms to want« 
Whofe burden mote empeach his needful fpeed. 
And hinder. him from liberty to{>ant: 
For having long time, as his daily weed. 
Them wont to wear, and wend on foot for need ; 
Now wanting them he felt himfelf fo light. 
That like an Hawk, which feeling herfclf freed 
From bells and jcfles^ which did let her fligbt. 

Him feem'd his feet did By, and in their fpeed delight. 


So well he fped him, that the weary Bear ; 

Ere long he over-took, and forced to ftay ; 
And without weapon him alTailing near, 
Compel'd him foon the fpoil adown to lay. J 

Wherewith the beaft enrag'd to lofe his prey. 
Upon him turned, and with greedy force 
And fury, to be crofled in his way. 
Gaping full wide, did think without remorfe 

To .be aveng'd on him, and to devour his corfe. 


But the bold Knight no whit thereat difmay'd ; 
But catching up in hand a ragged (tone. 
Which lay thereby (fo fonune him did aid ) 
Upon him ran, and thruft it all attone 
Into his gaping throte, that niade him groanc 
And gafp for breach, that he nigh choked was. 
Being unable to digeft that bone ; 
Ne copld it upward come, nor downward pafs; 

Ne could he brook the coldnefs of the ftony mafs. 



Whom*whenas he thus combred did behold. 
Striving in vain that nigh his bowels brait. 
He with him clos'd : and laying mighty hold 
Upon his throat, did gripe his gorge fo fad. 
That wanting breath, him down to ground he cad ; 
And then opprefling him with urgent pain. 
Ere long entorc'd to breathe his utmoft blaft, 
Nafhing his cruel teeth at him in rain, [drain. 

And threatning his (harp claws, now wanting powre to 

Then took he up betwixt his armes twain 
The little babe, fw^eet relicks of his prey ; 
Whom pitying to hear fo fore complain. 
From his foft eyes the tears he wip'd away. 
And from his face the filth that did it ray : 
And every little limb he fearcht around, 
And every part, that under fweath-bands lay. 
Left that the beafts iharp teeth had any wound 
Made in his tender flefh*, but whole them all he found. 

^So having all his bands again up-tide. 

He with him thought back to return again : 
But when he lookt about on every fide. 
To wect which way were beft to entertain. 
To bring him to the place where he would fain. 
He could no path nor tra£t of foot defcry, 
Ne by inquiry learn, nor guefs by aim. 
For nought but woods and forefts far and nigh. 
That all about did clofe the compafs of his eye. 

Much was he then encombred, ne could tell 
Which way to take : now Weft he went awhile. 
Then North i then neither, but as fortune fell. 
So up and down he wandred many a mile. 
With weary travel and uncertain toil. 
Yet nought the nearer to his journeys end ^ 
And evermore his lovely little fpoil ' 

Crying for food did gready him offend. 
So all that day in wwdring vainly he did fpend. • ^ 
Vol.11. Z 



At laft, about the fettiag of the San, 
Himfelf ouc of the fortft he did wind. 
And J>y good fortune the plain champion won : 
Where looking all about, where he mote find 
;:Some place of fuccour to content his mind^ 
At length he heard under the forefts fide 
A voice, that feemed of fptne woman-kind, 
^hich to herfelf lamenting loudly cride, . 

And oft complain'd of fate, and fortune oft deBde. 


To whom approaching, whenas Ihe perceivM 
A ftranger wight in place, her plaint (he ftayd, 
As if (he doubted to have been deceiv'd^ 
Or lotK to let her forrows be bewray*d. 
Whom whenas Qdepine faw fo difmay'd. 
He to her drew, and with fair blandifhment 
Her chearing up, thus gently to her faid \ 
What be you woeful Dame, which thus lament ? 

And for what caufe declare, (b mote ye not repent. 


To whom (he thus ; What need me Sir to tell 
That which yourfelf have earft aread fo right ? 
A woeful Dame ye have me termed well ; 
So much more woeful, as my woeful plight 
Capfiot redrefiM be by living wight. 
Nath'lef^ quoth fae^ if need do not you bind. 
Do it difclofe, to eafe your grieved Ipright : 
Oft;dmes it haps, that ibrrows of the mind 

Find ren^edy unfougbt^ which leeking cannot find. 


Then thus bbgah the lamentable Dame ^ 
Sitb th^n ye needs will know the gfief I hoard, 
I am. th* unfortunate MatUdi by name. 
The wife of bold Sir BrutHj who is Lord 
Of all this land) late conquerM by his fword 
From a great Giant, called Corm&raum ; 
Whom he did overthrow by yonder ford. 
And in three battles did fo deadly daunt. 

That he darciiot j^eturt) for a^hi^ daily vaunt. 


So is my Lord now '^iz'd of all theJand, 
And in bis fee, with peaceable dUte» 
And quiedy doth hold )C in his hand, 
Ne any dares with him for it debate. 
But to tbefe happy fortuaes, cruel Fate 
Hath join'd one evil, which doth orer- throw 
All thefe our joys, and all our bHfs abate ( 
And like in time ix> further ill to gcow. 

And all this land with endiefs lofe to overflow, 


For th' heavens, envyii^ our prafperity. 
Have not vouchfan to grant unto us twain 
The gladful blefling of pofterity. 
Which we might fee after our felves remain 
In th'heritage of our unhappy pain : 
So that for want of heirs it to defend. 
All is in time like to return again 
To that foul Fiend, who daily doth atteodv 

To leap into the lame after our lives end« 


But moft my Lord is grieved here-withall. 
And makes exceeding moan, when he does think 
Thajc all this land unto his foe (hall fall. 
For which he long in vain did fweac and fwink» 
That now the fame he greatly doth forthink. 
Yet was it iaid, there ihould to him ft Son 
Be getter^ not iegoiUn, which (hould drink 

• And dry up all the water, which doth rone 

In the nexc brook, by whom that Fiend fl>ould be fordone, 


Well hop*d he then, when this was prophefidc. 
That from his fide fome noble child (hduld rife. 
The which, through fame Ibould far be magniiide^ 
And this proud Giant ihould widi brave emprife 
Quite overthrow, who now 'gins to defptfc 
The good Sir Brmftf growing far in years ; 
Who thinks from me his forrow all doth riie. 
Lo, this my caufe of grief to you appears ; 

For which JL thus d% mourn, and pour for^ ceafclefsie vs« 

Z a 


256. THE FAIRY X^UEEN. Book VI.. 

Which when hi heard, he iniy touched was 
With tender ruth for her unworthy grief: 
And when he bad devized pF her cafe. 
He 'gan in mind conceive a fit relief 
For all her pain, if pieafe her make the prief. 
And having cheared her, thus faid ; fair Dame, 
In evils, counfel is the comfort chief : 
Which though I be not wife enough to frame. 

Yet as I well it mean, vouchfafe it without, blame. 


If that the caufe of this your languiibment 
Be lack of children, to fupply your place ; 
Lo how good fortune doth to you prefenc 
THis little babe of fweet and lovely face. 
And fpotlefs fprite, in which ye may enchace 
Whatever forms ye lift thereto apply. 
Being now foft and fit them to emorace ; 
Whether yc lift him train in chevalry. 

Or nourfle up in lore of learned philofophy. 


And certes it hath often-times been feen. 
That of the Hke whofe linage was unknown. 
More brave and. noble Knights have raifed been 
(As £heir vidhirious deeds have often ihown. 
Being wirii fiune through many nations blown) 
Than thofe, which have been, dandled in. the lap- 
Therefore fome thought, that thofe brave Imps were 
Here by*the Gods, and fed. with heavenly fap, [fown 

That made them gcow/fo high t'all h6nourabfe hap. 


The Lady, his.fenfefull fpeech, ' 
Found nothing. that he faid,. unmeet, nor gealbn, 
. paving oft fe^n it tride,. as .he. did teach. . 
Therefore inclining to bis ^odly reaibn. 
Agreeing well both .with the place and feafon. 
She gladly did of that fanie:babe accept, . 
As of. her own by livery. and fcifin ;. . 
And having over it a Jitdc wept. 

She bore it thence, and e^r as her own it kept. . . • . 

CantqlV- THETFinilY QlJEEN. 357 


Right gUd wa» Cakphtt to be fo rid 
Of his young charge, whereof he fkilled nought : 
Ne fhe Itfs glad ; for flie fo wifely did. 
And with her husband under hand fo wrought. 
That when that infant unto hitn ifae bi!t)ught. 
She made him think it furely was his own. 
And it in goodly thews fp well upbrought, 
That it became a famous Knight well known, 

And did right noble deeds, the which elfewhere are (hown. 


But CaUjnne^ now being left ak>ne 

Under the green*woods (ide in forry plight, 
Withouten arms, or deed to ride upon. 
Or boufe to hide his head from heavens fpight, 
Albe that Dame, (by all the means fhe might) 
Him oft (}dued home with her to wend % 
And ofFred him (his court'fy to requite) 
Both h0r& and arms, and whatib elie to lend ^ 

Yet h$ them all refused, though thankt her as a frknd. - 


And for exceeding grief which inly grew. 
That he his Love fo lucklefs now had loft, 
Oo the cold giTound, maugre himfelf he threw 
For fell defpight, to be fo forely croft ; 
And there all night himfelf in anguiih toft ; 
Vowing that never he in bed again 
His limbs would reft, ne lig in eafe emboft. 
Till that his Ladies fight he mote attain. 

Or anderftand, that (he in fafety did remain* 



• • *^ • 

■ II ■ I i ^ ,^,^,^tmim*mmmm0mmi^mit^m^0mmm»mmmmm0i 



Tbe Sahip ferves Serena wett^ 

TtU Jbe Prince Arthur find ; 
JVbo her tcgetber ^tb bis Squire 

With WHtmiit leaves behind. 


OWhat an cafy thing b to dcfcry 
The gphtle blood, however it be wrapt 
In fad misfortunes fouM de&Mrmhy^ 
And wretched ibrrow3, <which have often hapt f 
For howfoever it may grow miihdpt 
(Like this wild man, betnc; undifeiplin*d) 
That to all vcrtue it may Icem unapt. 
Yet will it ihew fome fpaiks of gentle mind. 
And at the laft break fordi in his own proper kind* 


That plainly may in this wild man be read. 
Who though he were ftill in this deiert wood 
Mongil falvage beafts, both rudely bom and bred^ 
Ne ever faw rair guize, ne learned good. 
Yet fhew*d fome token of his gentle blood. 
By gentle ufage of that wrecched Dame« 
For certes he was bom of noble bloody 
However by hard hap he hither came: 

As ye may know, when time fbalt be to tell the fame. 


Who whenas now long time he lacked had 
The good Sir Calepine^ that far was ftray'd. 
Did wex exceeding forrowful and fad. 
As he of fome misfortune were afrayd : 
And leaving there this Lady all difmay'd^ 
Went forth flraightway into the foreft wide. 
To feek if he perchance afleep were laid. 
Or whatfo elfe were unto him betide: 

He fought him far and near^ yet him no where He ipi^ 



The back upturning to that lorry Dame^ 
He Ihew^ fcmblaot of exceeding moan, ^ 
By fpeaking figns, as he them beft could frame i 
Now vringing both bis wretched bands in one. 
Now beating his hard head upon a ftone. 
That ruth it was to lee him fo lament. 
By wkiich fhe well perceiving what was done, 
Gan tear her hair, and all her garments rent. 

And beat her breaft, and piceouily herfelf torment* 

Upon the ground herfelf fhe fiercely threw, 
R^rdle& of her wounds yet bleeding rife. 
That with their blood did all the floor imbrew. 
As if hqr breaft, new laune*d with mundrous knife. 
Would ftraight diflodge th^ wretched weary life. ' 
There fhe long groveling, and deep groaning lay. 
As if .her vital powers were at (trite 
With ftronger death, and feared their decay : 

Such were this Ladies pangs and dolorous aflay. 


Whom when the Salvage faw fo fore diftrei^« 
He reared her up from the bloody ground. 
And fought by all the means that he rould beft 
Her to reconre out of that ftony fwound. 
And ftaunch the bleeding of her dreary wound. 
Yet n*ould flie be recomforted for ought, . 
Ne ceafe her ibrrow and impatient ftound. 
But day and night did vex her careful thought, 

And ever more and more her own affliftion wrought. 


At length whenas no hope of his return 

She faw now left, ihe caft to leave the place. 
And wend abroad, though feeble and forlorn. 
To fcek fooie comfort in that ferry cafe. 
His fleed, now ftrong through reft fo long a fpace. 
Well as Ihe could, fhe got, and did bedight : 
And being thereon mounted, forth did pace, 
Withoutcn guide her to condud aright. 

Or guard her to defend from bold i^preffi)rs might. 

Z 4 



Whom when her Hoft faw ready to depart» 
He would not fuffer her aione to fare. 
But 'gan himfelf addrefs to take her part. 
Thofe warlike arms, which Calepine whylear 
Had left behind, he *gan eftfoons prepare. 
And put them all about himfelf unfit. 
His Ihield, bis helmet, and his cuirafs bare; 
But without fword upon his thigh to fit : 

Sir Qdepim bimfdf away had hidden it* 


So forth they traveled, an uneven pair. 
That moto to all men feem an uncouth fight ; 
A ialvage man nnitcht with a Lady fair. 
That rather feem'd the conqueft of his might. 
Gotten by fpoil, than purchaiied aright* 
But he did. her attend moft carefully. 
And faithfully did ferve both day and night, 
Withouten thought of ihame or villany, 

Ne ever fhewcd fign of foul difloyalty. 


Upon a daj^ as on their way they went. 
It chaunc'd fome furniture about her fteed 
To be diforder*d by fome accident: 
Which to redrefs, fhe did th* afliftance need 
Of this her Groom : which he by figns did read ; 
And ftraight his combrous arms afide did lay 
Upon the ground, withouten doubt or dread. 
And in his homely wize began t' aflay 

T.'amend what was arpifs, and put in right array. 


'Bout which whilft he was bufied thus hard, 
Lo where a Knight together with his Squire, 
All arm'd to point, came riding thitherward, - 
Which feemed by their portanc^nd attire. 
To be tWo errant Knights, that did enquire 
After adventures, where they mote them get^ 
Thole were to wect (if that ye it require) 
Prince Arthur and young Timas^ which met 

By fi range occafion, that here needs forth be fet. 

Canto V. The rAIRY QUEEN. 361 


• • • 

After that Timas had again recour'd 
The favour of BeljAabe^ (as ye heard) 
And of her grace did Hand again aflur'd. 
To happy blifs he was full high uprear'd. 
Neither of envy, nor of change afeard. 
Though many foes did him malign therefore. 
And with unjufl: detra6^ton him did beard ; 
Yet he himfelf fo well and wifely bore. 

That in her foveraine liking he dwelt evermore. 


But of them all which did his ruin feek. 

Three mighty enemies did htm moft defpight ; , 
Three mighty ones, and cruel minded eke. 
That him not only fought by open might 
To overthrow, but to (upplant by flight. 
The firft of them by name was callM Deffetto^ 
Exceeding all the reft in powre and height ; 
The fecond not fo ftrong, but wife, Decetto ; 

The third, nor ftrong nor wife, but fpightfuUeft, Defettc. 


Oft-times their fundry powrw they .did employ. 
And feveral deceits, but all in vain : 
For neither they by force could him deftroy, 
Ne yet entrap in treafons fubtil train. 
Therefore confpiring all together plain. 
They did their counfels now in one conlpound ; 
Where fingled forces fail, conjoined may gain. 
The Blaiant Beafi the fitteft means they found. 

To work his utter fhame, and throughly him confound. 


Upon a day, as they the time did wait. 

When he did range the wood for falvage game. 
They fent that Blatant Beaft to be a bait. 
To draw him from his dear beloved Dame, 
Unwares into the danger of defame. 
For well they wift that Squire to be fo bold. 
That no one beaft in foreft wild or tame. 
Met him in chace, but he it challenge would. 

And pluck the prey oft times out of their greedy hold. 



The hardy boy^ as they deyifed had» 
Seeing the ugly monfter pafiing by» 
Upon him lee, of peril nought adrad^ 
Ne ikilfiil of the uncouth jeopardy i 
And charged bim fo fierce and fprioufiy. 
That (bis great force unable to eodure) 
He forced was to turn from him and fly : 
Yet ere he fled, he with his tooth impure 

Him heedlefs bit, the whiles he was ihcc^ Iccure* 


Securely he did after him purfue. 
Thinking by fpeed to overtake his flight i [drew. 
Who through thick wood and brakes and briers bim 
To weary him the more, and wafte his fpigbt ; 
So that he now has aloAcft fpent his fpr^bt. 
Till that at length unto a w>ody glade 
He came, whofe covert ftopt hts further fight : 
There his three foes, ihrpwded in guileful fliade. 

Out of their ambuih broke, and 'gan bixn to iffrade^ 


Sharply they all attonce did him aflail. 
Burning wich inward rancour and defpi|^ 
And heaped ftrokes dkl round abofst him hail 
With fo huge forcf , that feemed nothing might 
Bear oflF their blows from piercing thorough quite. 
Yet he them all fo warily did ward. 
That none of them in his foft flefli did bite. 
And all tlie while his back for beft fafegiAard, 

He leant againft a tree, that backward onfot bar'd 


Like a wild Bull, that being at a bay. 
Is baited of a Maftifi^ and a Hound, 
And a Cur-dog y that do him fliarp aflay 
On evVy fide, and beat about him round & 
But moK that Cur, barking with bitter found. 
And creeping ftill behind, dOth him incomber. 
That in his chauff he digs the trampled ground. 
And threats his horns, and bellows like the thunder*, 

Sp did that Squii:e his foes difper&t ^uui drive afunder. 



Htm well behoved (b ; for his three foes 
Soudhc CO encoinpaf$ hkn on every Rdc, 
And dan^roufly did round about enclofe ; 
But moft of all DefMc him annoy'd^ 
Creeping behind, him ftill to have deftroyd : 
So did Di€€tU> eke him circumvent : 
But ftout Difpetto^ in his greater pride. 
Did front him face to face againft him bent ; 

Tet he them all wkhftood, and often made relent* 


Till that at length nigh tyr^d with former chace^ 
And weary how with careful keeping ward. 
He *gan to Ihrink, and fomewhat to give place^ 
Full like ere long to have efcaped hard \ 
WhcMs uttwares he in the foreft heard 
A crgmpling fteed, that with his neighing faft 
Did warn his rider be upon bis' guard ^ 
With noife whereof the Squire, now nigh aghflft^ 

Revived wat, and fad defpair away did caft. 

XXII. . 

Eftfoons he fpide a Knight approaching nigh. 
Who feeing one in fo great danger fet 
'M<>ngft many foes, himfelf did fafter hie. 
To refcue him, and his weak part abet. 
For pity fo to fee htm ovcrfet. 
Whom foon as his three enemies did view. 
They fled and faft into the wood did get : 
Him booted not to think them to purfue. 

The covers was fo thick, that did no paflage (hew, 


Then turning to that fwain, him well he knew 
To be his Timias^ his own true Squire.: 
Whereof exceeding glad he to him drew, . 
And him embracing 'twistt his arms entire. 
Him thus befpake ; My lief, my lifes defire, 
Why have ye me alone thus long ylcft ? 
Tell me what worlds defpight, or heavens ire 
Hath you thus long away from me bereft ? [weft ^ 

Where have ye all this while been wandring, where been 


364 TH'E F A III Y queen: Book VI. 

XXIV. . 

With that he fighcd deep for inward tyne 5 • 
To whom the Squire nought anfwercd agiin ; . • 
But fhedding few (oft tears from tender ey ne. 
His dear affedt with filence dkl r^ftrain, 
And Ihut up all his plaint in privy pain. 
There they awhile fome gracious fpeechcs Ipent, them feemed fit, time t*entertain.- 
After all which, up to their ftecds they went. 

And forth together rode a comely coupktnent. ' 


So now they be arrived both in fight 
Of this wild man, whom they full bufy found 
Alpout the fad Serena things to dight. 
With thofe brave armours lying on the ground. 
That feem'd the fpoil of fome right wdl rcnown'd. 
Which when the Squire beheld, be to them ftept. 
Thinking to take them from that hilding hound : 
Biit he it feeing lighdy to him lept. 

And iternly with ftrong hand itfrom»his handling kepi 


Gn,a(bing.his grinded teeth with griefly look,* 
And fparkling fire out of his turious eyn. 
Him with his fift unwares on th'head he ftrook. 
That made hinl down unto the earth encline ; 
Whence foon upftarting, much he 'gan repine. 
And laying hand upon his wrathful blade^ 
Thought therewithall forthwith to have him (Iain ^ 
Who it perceiving, hand upon him laid, 

And greedily him griping, his avengement ftaid* 


With that, aloud the fair Serena cry'd * 
Unto the Knight them to difpart in twain : 
Who to them ilepping did them foon divide. 
And did from further violence reitrain, 
Albe the wild man, hardly would refrain. 
Then 'gan.the Prince of her for to denjand. 
What and from whence fhe was, and by what train 
She fell into that falvage villains hand, . 

And whether free with him ihe now were, or in band. 

Canto V. TH E FAI R Y QUEEN. 365 

To whom (he thus ; I am as xiow ye fee^ 

S'he ^rctdiedfl: Dame thai; Ims this day on ground ; 
^Vho both in mind, the .v(hich' rpoft grievcth me. 
And body, have received a njiorial wound. 
That hath me driven to this dreary ftound. 
1 was erewhile, the Love of Galepine : 

^ Who whether l\c alive be to be found,* 
Or by fome deadly chance be done to pine. 

Since I him Ij^tely loft, uneath is to define. 


In falvage foreft I him loft of late. 
Where I^ had furely long ere this been dead^ 
Or elfe remained in moft wretched ftate. 
Had not this wild man in that woeful ftead 
Kept and delivered me from deadly dread. 
In fuch. a falvage wight,' of brutifh kind, 
Amongft wild beafts in defeat forefts bred. 
It is moft ftrange and wonderful to fiod 

So mild humanity, and perfeft gentle mind. 


Let me therefore this favour for him find. 
That ye will not your wrath upon him wreak> 
Sith he cai^not exprefs his fimple mind, 
Ne youf? conceive, ne but by tokens fpeak : 
Smair praifeto prove your powre.on wight fo weak. 
With luch fa\r words flie did their heat afiuage. 
And the ftrong courfe of thejr difpieafure break, 
That they to pity turn'd their former rage. 

And each fought to fupply the office of her Page. 


So having all things well about her dight, 
^he on her way caft forward to proceed ; 
And they her forth conduded, vvhere they might 
Find harbour fit to cpinfort ^ler great need^ . : . ;. 
For now, hpr wounds corruption *gan to breed ; 
And eke this Sqviire, whq likewife ^younded was 
Of that fam^ monfter late,, fof Jack pf heed. 
Now *gan to faint, and fuijtbcr could not pafs 

Through fe^^y cfiqAii. which. all* liisj^yphs oppr^ff^d.has^. 



So forth they rode toother sJl in troop. 
To feek fome place, the which mote yield fome eale 
To thefe lick twain, that now began to droop : 
And all the way the Prince fought to appeale 
The bitter anguifh of their (harp difeate. 
By all the courteous nieans he could invent ; 
Somewhile with merry purpofe fit to< pleafe. 
And otbcrwhile with g<xxl encouragetnentt 

To make them to endure the pains did them torment* 

XXXI 11. 

'Mongft which Sirtna did to him relate 
The foul difcourt'fies and unknightly partit 
Which Turpine bad unto her fhewed late. 
Without compafllon of her cruel fmarts : 
Although Blandina did with all her arts 
Him otherwile perfuade, all that Ihe might ; 
Yet he of malice, without her defarts. 
Not only her excluded late at night. 

But alfo traitVoufly did wound her weary Knight. 


Wherewith the Prince ibre moved, there avowd, 
That foon as he returned back again. 
He would avenge th^bufes of that proud 
And fhameful Kn^ht, of whom flie did con^lain. 
This wize did they each other entertain. 
To pafs the tedious travel of the way ; 
Till towards night they came into a plain. 
By which a little hermitage there lay. 

Far from all neighfaourhood, the which annoy it may. 


And nigh thereto a little chappel ftood. 
Which being all with ivy overfprcad, 

- Deckt all the roof; and Ihadowing the rood, 
Seem'd like a grove fair branched over head : 
Therein the Hermit^ which his life here Itid 
In ftreight obfervanpe of religious voWj 
Was wont his hours and holy things td bed ; 
And therein he likewife was praying now, 

Whenas thafeKnightft arriv'dytbey wiiinot where norhow.^ 



They ftayd not there, but ftraightwiy in did pafs. 
Whom when the Hermit prefent faw in place. 
From his devociqn ftraight he troubled was ; 
Which betaking off, he toward them did pace. 
With ftaycd fteps, and grare-befeeming grace : 
For well it (eem'd, that whylome he had been 
Some goodly perfon and of gentle race; 
That could his good to all, and well did ween, 

Ho^ each to entertain with court'fie well befeen. 


And Ibothly it was faid by common fatne. 
So long as age unabled him thereto, 
That he had been a man of mickle name. 
Renowned much in arms and derring do : 
But being aged now and weary too 
Of wars delight, and worlds contentious toil. 
The name oi Knighthood he did difavow. 
And hanging up his arms and warlike fpoil. 

From all this worlds tncombrance did himfelf afToil. 


He thence them led into his hermitage. 

Letting their fteeds to graze upon the green : 
Small was his houfe, and 4ike a little cage. 
For his own turn, yet inly neat and4:lean, 
Deckt with green boughs, and flowers gay beleen« 
Therein he them full tair did entertain 
Not with foch forged ihows, as fitter been 
For courting fi)ols, that courtefies would fain. 

But with intiie afiedlion and appearance plain. 


Yet was their fiire but homely, fuch as he 
Did vfe, bis feeble body to fuitain •, 
The which full gladly they did take in glee. 
Such as it was, ne did of want complain. 
But being well foffiz^'d, them refted fain. 
But fair Serene all night could take no rell:, 
Ne yet that gentkr Squire, f<Jf gvie>^6us pain 
Of their late wounds, the which the Blafani Biaji 

Had* given thtrt, Whofe grief thrOOgh' fuftrance fore 



XL. • 

So all that night they pad in great difeafe. 
Till that the morning, bringing early light 
To guide mens labours, brought them alfo eale^ 
And fome affuagement of their painful plight. 
Then up they rofe, and *gan themfelves to dight 
Unto their journey ; but that Squire and Dame 
So ^aint and feeble were that they ne might 
Endure to travel, nor one foot to frame: [lame. 

Their hearts were fick, their fides were fore, their feet were 


Therefore the Prince, whom great affairs in mind 
Would not permit to make their longer ftay. 
Was forced there to leave them both behind. 
In that good Hermits charge, whom he did pray 
To tend them well. So forth he went his way, 

^ And with him eke the Salvage (that whylcre 
Seeing his royal ufage and array. 
Was greatly grown in love of that brave peer J 

Would needs depart, as fhall declared be elfewhere^ 


The Hermit heab both Squire and Dame 

Of their fore maladies : 
He Turpine dotb defeat^ a>id Jhame 

For Ibis late villames. 


NO wound, which warlike hand of enemy 
InSidrs with dint of fword, fo fore doth light. 
As doth the poifnous ding which infamy 
Infixeth in the name of noble wight : 
For by ho art, lior any Leaches might 
It ever can recured be again ; 
Ne all the skill, which that immortal fpright 
Of Podalyrius did in it retain, 
Can remedy fuch hurts : fuch hurta arc.hellifli paio. 

. • 



Such were the wounds, the which that Blatant Bra/if 
Made in the bodies of ihat Squire s^nd Dame •> 
And beiAg fuch, were now much mpre iacreaft 
For want of taking heed unto the fame, 
Thac now corrupt and cureiefs they becanie : 
How-be that careful Hermit did his beft. 
With many l^inds of med'cines meet, to tame 
The poifnous humour, which did mod infefl: 

Their rankling wounds> and every day them duly drell. 


For he right well in Leaches craft was feen ; 
And through the long experience of his days. 
Which had in many fortunes toiled been. 
And paft through many perilous aiTays, 
He knew the diverfe wen; of mortal ways» 
And in the minds of men had gre^t inCght ; 

« Which withtfagc coui)fel, when they went a(lray» 
He could inform^ and them reduce aright. 

And all thepaflioos heal, which wound the weaker fpright* 


For whylonie he had been a doughty Knight^ 
As any one that lived in his days. 
And proved oft in many perilous fight ; 
In which he grace and glory won always. 
And in all battles bore away the bays. 
But being now attacht with timely age. 
And weary of this worlds unquiet ways^ 
He took himfelf unto this hermitage* 

In which he liv'd alone, like carelefs bird in cag<:* 


One day as he was fearching of their woundS) 
He found that they had teftred privily. 
And rankling inward with unruly ftounds. 
The i^oer parts now 'gan to putrify^ 
That quite they fcem*d paft help of furgery j 
And rather needed to be difciplind 
With wholefome read of fad fobriety, 
Tq rule the ftubborA rage of paflion blind : 

Give falves to every fore, but cpunfei to the mind. 
Vol. II. A \ 


VL % I 

So taking them apart into his cell. 
He to that point fit fpccches *gan to frame. 
As he the art of words knew wondrous well. 
And eke could do, as well as fay the fame ; 
And thus he to them faid, fair Daughter Dame, 
And you fair Son, which here thus long now lye 
In piteous languor, fince ye hither came. 
In vain of me ye hope for remedy. 

And I likewife in vain do falves to you apply. 


For in yourfclf your only help doth lye, ^ 

To heal your fclvcs, and muft proceed alone 
' From your own will, to cure your maledy. 
Who can him cure, that will be cur*d of none ? 
If therefore health ye feek, obfcrve this one •, 
Firft learn your outward fenfes to refrain 
From^ things that ftir up frail affeftion ; 
Your eyes, your cars, your tongue, your talk reftrain, 

From chat they moft afTedb, and in due terms conuin. 


For from thofe outward fenfes ill affefted. 
The feed of all this evil firft doth fpring. 
Which at the firft before it had infedted. 
Mote eafic be fuppreft with little thing : 
But being growen ftrong, it forth doth bring 
Sorrow, and anguifh, and impatient pain 
In th* inner parts, and laftly fcattering 
Contagious poifon clofe through every vein, 

It never refts, till it have wrought his final bane. 


For that beafts teeth, which wounded you to-fore, 
Are fo exceeding venomous and keen. 
Made all of rufty Iron, rankling fore. 
That where they bite, it booteth not to ween 
With falvc, or antidote, or other mean 
It ever to amend : ne marvail ought-, 
For that fame beaft was bced of hcili(h ftrcnc, 
And long in darkfome Stygian den up-brought, 

Begot of foul Ecbidna^^a^ in books is taught. 



♦ X. 

Echidna is a moofter direful dread^ 

Whom Gods do bate» and heavens abhor to fce^ 
So hideous is her (hapc^ fo huge her bead. 
That even the hellifh Fiends affrighted be 
At fight thereof* and from her prefence flee : 
Yet did her face and former parts protefs 
A fair youqg Maiden, fuU of comely glee: 
But all her hinder parts did plain exprefs 

A monftrous Dragon, full of fearful uglinefs. 


To her the Gods, for her fo dreadful face, 
(In fearful darknefs, furtheft from thesky» 
And from the earth) appointed have her place 
Mongft rocks and caves, where (he enrold doth lye 
In hideous horrour and obfcurity. 
Wafting the ftrength of her immortal age. 
There did ^ypbaon with her company i 
Cruel TypbaoHj whofe tempcftuous rage 

Makes th'heavens tremble oft, and him with vowsaflTuage. 


Of that commixtion they did then beget . 

This hellifli Dog, that bight the Blaiani Beaft\ 

' A wicked monfter, that his tongue doth whet 
Gaihft all, both good and bad, both mod and leaft, 
And pours his poifnous gall forth^ to infeft 
The nobleft wights with notable defame : 
Ne ever Knight, that bore fo lofty creaft, 
Ne ever Lady of fo honeft name. 

But he them fpotted with reproach ^ or fecret ihame. 


In vain therefore it were, with medicine 
. To go about to falve fuch kind of fore. 
That rather needs wife read and difcipline, 
^ Than outward falves, that may augment it more. 
Aye me ! faid then Serena^ Hghing fore, 
What hope of help doth then for us remain. 
If chat no falves may us to health reftore ? 
But fith we need good counfel, faid the Twain, 

Aread gpod Sire, f^m'e counfel, that may us fuftain. 

Aa 2 



The beft faid he, that I can you advife. 
Is CO avoid th* occafion of the Ui : 
For when the caufe whence evil doth ari^ 
Removed is, th*cffeft furcealeth ftill. 
Abftain from pleafure, and reftrain your will. 
Subdue defire, and bridle loofe dclighCi 
Ufe fcanted diet, and forbear your fill. 
Shun fecrecy, and talk in open fight : 

So ihall you foon repair your prefent evil plight. 


Thus having faid, his (ickly patients 
Did gladly hearken to hk grave beheaft. 
And kept fo well his wife commandements. 
That in (hort fpace their malady was ceaft ; 
And eke the biting of that harmful beaft 
Was throughly heal'd. Tho^ when they did perceive 
Their wounds recur'd ; and fortes reincreaft, ^ 
Ot that good Hermit both they took their leave, 
• And Yftnt both on their w^y, ne each would other teave. 


But each the other vow'd t*accompany : 
The Lady, for that (he was much in dred. 
Now left alone in great extremity 5 
The Squire, for that he courteous was indeed, ^ 
Would not her leave alone in her great need. 
So both together travel'd, till they met 
With a fair Maiden clad in mourning weed. 
Upon a mangy Jade unmcetly fet. 

And a lewd Fool her leading thorough, dry and wet. 


But by what means that (hame to her befeH, 
And how thereof herfelf (he did acquire, 
I muft awhile forbear to you to tell j 
•Till that as comes by courfe, Ido recite 
What fortune to the Briton Prince did light, 
Purfuing that proud Knight, the which whylcar. 
Wrought to Sir Calidore fo foul defpight 5 
And eke his Lady, though fhe. fickly Wf re. 

So lewdly had abus'd, as ye did lately hear. 



The PriBce, according to the former token* 
Which fair Serene to liim deliver'd had, 
Purfu*d him ftraight, in mind to been ywroken 
Of all the vile demean, and ufage bad. 
With which he had thofe two fo ill beftad : 
Ne wight with him on i;hat adventure went. 
But that wild man -, whom though he oft forbad. 
Yet for no bidding, nor for being (hent. 

Would he reftrained be from his aitcndement* 


Arriving there, as did by chancif befalK, 
He tound the gate wide ope, and in he rode, 
N^ ftayd, till that he came ioio the hall : 
Where foft difmounting like a weary lode, * 
Upon the ground with feeble feet he trode. 
As he upable were for very need 
To move one foot, but there muft make abode ; 
The whiles the falvage man did take his fteed. 

And in fomc iltable near did fet him up to i«ed* 

. XX.. 

Ere long to hin) a homely Groom there came, ' 
That ifi rUde wife him afked what he was. 
That durft fo boldly, without let or Ihame, 
Into his Juords forbidden hall to pafs. 
To whom, the Prince {him faining to embaie ) 
Mild anfwer made ; he was an errant Knight, 
The which' Was fall'.n into this feeble cafe. 
Through many wounds, winch lately he in fight, 

.Receivcid had, and prayd to pity his ill plight. 


But he the more outrageous ahd bold, 

Sternly did bid him quickly thence avaUnt, i 
Or dear afcy j for why, his Lord of old 

. Did hate oil er)-ant Knights which there did haunt, 
Ne lodging would to any of them grant : 
And therdore lightly bade him pack away, 
Not fparing him with bitter words to taunt ; 
And there* wxjchalj, riuiehand on him did lay, ' 

T{X (hruft him ou^yf door, doing his worii aflUy.. 

Aa 3 


XXII. 1 

^Which when the Salvage corning now in place 
Beheld, efcfoons he all enraged grew; 
And running ilraight upon that villain baie» 
Like a fell Lyon at him fiercely flew. 
And with his teeth and nails, in prefcnt view 
Him rudely rent, and all to pieces tore : 
So .miferably him all helplefs flew, 
That with the noife, whilfl: he did loudly rorc. 

The people of the boufe rofe forth in great uprore. 


Who when on ground th^y faw their fellow flain, 
And that fame Knight and Salvage ftanding by. 
Upon them two they fell with jnight and main, 
And on them laid fo huge and horribly. 
As if they would have flain them prefently. 
But the bold Prince defended him fo well, 
And their affault withftood fo mightily. 
That maugre all their might, he did repell 

And beat them back, whHft many underneath him fcIL 


Yet he them ftill fo fliarply did purfue, 
That few of them he left alive, which fled, 
Thofe .evil tidings to their Lord to fliew. 
"Who hearing how his people badly fped, 
Came forth in hafte : . where, whenas with the dead 
He faw the ground all ftrow'd, and that fame Knight 
And Salvage with their blood frefli-fteeming red, 
He wox nigh mad with wrath and fell defptght. 

And with reproachful words him thus befpake on heights 


Art thou he, tray tor, that with treafon vile 
Haft flain my men in this unmanly manner. 
And now triumphcft' in the piteous fpoil 
Of thefe poor folk, whofe fouls with black difhonour 
And foul defame do deck xhy bloody banner ? 
The meed whereof fliall ftiortly be thy fliame, " 
And wretched end, which ftill attcndeth on her, 
r With that, himfelf to battle he did frame; 

So did his forty yeomen, which there with him caitie. - 

Canto VI. THE FAIRY CtUEEN. 37$ 


With dreadful force they all did him aflail. 
And round about with boiftrous ftrokes opprefs» 
That on his (hield did rattle like to hail 
In a great tempeft \ tbaun fuch diftrefs» 
He wift' not to which fide him to addrefs. 

, And evermore that craven coward Knighlf 
^ Was at his back with heartlefs heedi];iefs9 
Waiting if he unwares him murther might : 

For cowardize doth ftill in villany delight. 


Whereof whenas the Prince was well aware. 
He to him turn'd with furious intent, 
And him againll his powre 'gan to prepare ^ 
Like a fierce Bull, that being bufy bent 
To fight with many foes about him ment. 
Feeling fome Cur behind his heels to bite. 
Turns him about with fell avengement : 
So likewife turn*d the Prince upon the Knight, 

And layd at him amain with all his will and might. 


Whp when he once his dreadful ftrokes had tafted, 
Durft not the fury of his force abide. 
But turned aback, and to retire him hafted 
Through the thick preace, there thinking him to hide. 
But when the Prince had once him plainly ^yde. 
He foot by foot him followed alway, 
Ne would him fuffer once to ihrink afide } 
But joining ciofe, huge load at him did lay : 

Who flying ftill did ward, and warding ily away. 


But when his foe he ftill fo eager faw. 
Unto his heels himfelf he did betake. 
Hoping unto fome refuge to withdraw : 
Ne would, the Prince him ever foot fotfake, 
Wherefo. he went, but alter him did make. 
He fled from, room to room, from place to place, 
Whilft every joint for dread of death did quake. 
Stilt looking after him that did him chacc : 

That made bim evermore increafe his fpcedy pace. 

A a 4 ' 



• « • 

At laft he up into the chamber came. 
Whereas his Love was fitting all alone^ 
Waiting what tidings of her folk became. 
There did the Prince him overtake anone, 
Cryingin vain to her, him to bemoane ; 
And wfth his fword htm on the bead did fmiGe, 
That to tRe ground he fell in fenfelefs fwone-c 
Yet whether thwart or flatly did ft lite. 

The tempred fteel did not into his brain-pan bite, 


Which when ;rfie Lady faw, with great affright 
She darting up, began to fhriek aloud ; 
And with her garment covering him from fight, 
Seem*d under her protcdtfon him to fhroud ; 
And falling; lowly at his feet, her bowM 
Upon her knee, intreating him for grace. 
And often him befought, and pray*d and vowM ; 
That with the ruth of her fo wretched cafe. 

He ftayd his fecond ftroke, and did his hand abafe. 


Her weed Ihe then withdrawing, did him difcover : 
Who npw come to hrmfelf, yet would not rife. 
But ftill did lie as' dead, and quake and quiver. 
That even the Prince his bafenefs did defpife ; 
And eke his Dame him feeing in fuch guife, 
Gan him rccomfort, and from ground td rear. 
Who rifing up at laft in ghaftly wife. 
Like troubled Ghoft did t^readfully appear. 

As one that had no life him left through fordier fear-. 


Whom when the Prince fo deadly faw difmayd. 
He for fuch bafenefs fhamefully him Ihent, 
And with Iharp words did bitterly lipbrayd 5. 
Vile coward dog, now do I much repent. 
That ever I this life unto thee lent. 
Whereof thou caitive fo upworthy art; 
That both thy Love, for lack of hardiment. 
And eke thy felf, for want of manly heart. 

And eke allKnights halt fhamed with this knightlefspart. 

CtttdVl, THE FAIRY Q^UEEN; yiy 


Yet further haft thCm heaped fbame to (haine« 
And cfime to crime^ by this thy coward fear. 
For firft it was to thee reproachful blame, 
T* eredb this wicked cuftom which I hear^ 
Gainftc arrant Knights and Ladies thou doft rear ; 
Whom when thou mayft, thou doft of arms defpoil. 
Or of their upper garment which they wear : 
Yet doft thou not with manhood, but with guile, 

Mainiain this evil ufe, thy foes thereby to foil. 


And laftly, in approvance of thy wrong. 
To ihew ftich faintnefs and foul cowardice. 
Is greateft ihame : for oft it falls, that ftrong 
And valiant Knights do rafhiy enterprizc. 
Either for fame, or elfe for exerctfe, 
A wrongful quarrel to maintain by fight ; 
Yet have, through prowefs and their brave emprize. 
Gotten great worftitp in this worides fight. 

For greater force there needs to maintainwrong than right. 


Yet fith<diy life unto this Lady fair 
I given have, live in reproach and fcorn \ 
Ne ever arms, ne ever knighthood dare 
Hence to profefs : for ihatec is to adorn 
With lb brave badges one fo bafely born. 
But only breathe, fith that I did forgive. 
So, having from his craven body torn 
Thofe goodly arms, he them away did give. 

And only fuflfred him this wretched life to live. 


There whilft he thus was feeling things above, 
Atween that Lady mild and recreant Knighr, 
To whom his life he granted for her Love, 
He 'gan bethink him in what per'lous plight 
He had behind him left that Salvage wight, 
Amongft fo many foes, whom fure bethought 
By this quite flain in fo unequal fight : 
Therefore defcending back in haite, be fought 

If yet he were alive, or to deftrudion brought. 



There he htm found environed about 
With flaughtred bodies, which his hand bad flain i 
And laying yet afre(h with courage ftouc 
Upon the reft that did alive remain ; 
Whom he likewife right forely did cooftraiQ, 
Like fcattred (beep, to feek for fafety. 
After he gotten had with bufy pain 
Some of their weapons, which thereby did lye. 

With which he layd about, and made them faft to flye. 


Whom when the Prince fo felly faw to rage. 
Approaching to him near, bis hand he ftayd. 
And fought by making Hgns, him to afluage : 
Who him perceiving, ftraight to him obeyd. 
As to his Lord, and down his weapons layd. 
As if he long had to his heafts been train'd. < 
Thence he him brought' away , and up conveyd 
Into the chamber where the Dame remained 

With her unworthy Knight, who ill him eotertain'd. . 


Whom when the Salvage faw from danger ffee» 
Sitting befide his Lady there at eafe. 
He well remembred that the fame was he. 
Which lately fought his Lord for to difpleafe : 
Tho all in rage, he on him ftraight did feize. 
As if he would in pieces him have rent ^ 
And were not that the Prince did him appeaze» 
He had not left one limb of him unrent : 

But ftraight he held his hand, at his commandement 


Thus having all things well in peace ordain'd. 
The Prince himfclt there all that night did reft ; 
Where him Blandina fairly entertained. 
With all the courteous glee and goodly feaft. 
The which for him ftie could imagine beft. 
For well ihe knew the ways to win good will 
Of every wight, that were not too infeft ; . 
And how to pleaie the mind of good and ill, [Hcill. 

Through tempting of her words and looks by wondroui 



Yet were her words and looks but falfc and fcign*d. 
To fome hid end to make more eafy way. 
Or to allure fuch fondlings,* whom (he trained 
Into her trap unto their own decay : 
Thereto when needed, flie could weep and pray : 
And when her lifted, (he could fawn and flatter i 
Now fmiling fmoothly, like to fummers day. 
Now glooming fadly, Co to cloke her matter ; 

Yet were her words but wind, apd all her tears but water. 


Whether fuch grace were given her by kind. 
As women wont their guileful wits to guide ; 
Or learn'd the art to pleafe, I do not find. 
This well I wote, that (he fo well applide 
Her pleating tongue, that foon (he pacifide 
The wrathful Prince,and wrought her hu(bands peace : 
Who nathelefS) not therewith fatisfide, 
His rancorous defpight did not releafe, 

Nc fecrctly from thought of fell revenge furceafc. 


For all that night, the whiles the Prince dkl reft: 
In carelefs couch, not weeting what was meant. 
He watcht in clofe await with weapons preft, 
Willing to work his villainous intent 
On him that had fo (hamefully him (hent : 
Yet durfthe not for very cowardife 
"teffeA the fame, whilft all the night was fpent. 
The morrow next, the Prince did early rife. 

And pa(red forth to follow his firft cnterpife. 



Turpi ne is bi^fuld: bis two Kmgbii 
Do gain their treafons meed: 

Fair Mirabellas fmiJhmetU * 
For loves difdain decreed. 


Like as a gentle heart it fdf bewrays. 
In doing gentle deeds with frank delight : 
Even fo the bafer mind it felf difplays. 
In cancred malice and revengeful fpight. . 
For to maligne, t'envy, t'ufe fhifting (light, 
fie arguments of a vile dunghill mind :, 
Which what it dare not do by open mi^t« 
To work by wicked treaibn ways doth find, ^ 
By fuch difcourteous deeds difcovering bis bafe kind. 



That well appears in this difcourteous Knight, 
The coward Turpine^ whereof now I treat ^ 
Who notwithilanding that in former fight 
He 6f the Prince his life received late. 
Yet in his mind malicious and ingrate 
He 'gan devize, to be avengM anew 
For all that fhame, which kindled inward hate. 
Therefore fo foon as he was out of View, 

Himfelf in hafte he armM, and did him faft purfue*. 


Well did he traft his fteps as he did ride. 
Yet would not near approach in dangers eye. 
But kept aloof; for dread to be defcride. 
Until fie time and place he mote efpy. 
Where he mote work him fcath and villany. 
At \2Sky he met two Knights t^ him unknown. 
The which were armed both agreeably. 
And both combined, whatever chance were blown. 

Betwixt them to divide, and each to make his own. 

Canto VII. T H E F A I R Y CLU E£ N. jgi 


To whom faHe Turpine coming colirtebufly. 
To doke the mifchief which he inly meant, 
'Gan tocompbin of great diicourtefy. 
Which a ftrange Knight, that near afore htm went, 
'. Had done to him, and his dear Lady ihent : 
Which if they would afford him aid at need, 
Fo|[ to ai^cnge in time convenient. 
They ihouki accompIi(h both a knightly deed. 

And for their pains obtain of him a goodly meed. 


The Kni^is believed that all he faid was true ; 
And being frefh, and full of youthly fpright. 
Were ^ad to hear of that adventure new. 
In which they mote make trial of their might. 
Which never yet they had approv'd in fight : 
And eke defirous of the of&ed meed : 
Said then the one of them ; Where is that wight. 
The which hath done to thee this wrongful deed. 

That we may it avenge, and punifh him with (peed* 


He rides, faid Turphiey there not far afore. 
With ^ wild man ioft footing by his fide. 
That if ye lift to hafte a little more. 
Ye may him overtake in tinoely tide : 
Eftfoons. they pricked forth with forward pride ^ 
And ere that little while they ridden had, 
Tiie gentle Prince not far away they fpide, 
Ridiog a fiifdy pace with portance iad, 

Deviaung of his Love, more than of danger drad. 


Then one t)f them aloud unto him cride. 

Bidding him turn again, falfe traytor JECnight, 
Foul wonoan -wronger i for he him defide. 
With that, they both attonce with equal fpigbt 
Did bend their fpeara, and both with equal might 
Againft him ran'ii but throne did mifs his mark : 
And being carried with his force forth-bright, 
Glaunft fwiftly by ; likeio that heavenly fpark. 

Which gliding through thcuir, liglusall tt}c heavens dask^ 



But th'other, aiming better, did him fmite 
Full in the fhield^ with fo impetuous powre. 
That all his launce in pieces ihiver^d quite. 
And (fcatter*d all about) fell on the floure. 
But the ftout Prince, with much more fteddy ftoure 
Full on his bever did him ftrike fo fore. 
That the cold fteel, through-piercing, did devour 
His vital breath, and to the ground him bore. 

Where ftill he bathed lay in his own bloody gore. 


As when a caft of Faulcons make thei^ flight 
At an Hernfhaw, chat lyes aloft on wing. 
The whiles they ftrike at him with heedlefs might. 
The wary fowl his bill doth backward wring; 
On which the firft, whofe force .her firft doth bring, 
Her fclf quite through the body doth engore. 
And falleth down to ground like fenfelefs thing ; 
But th 'other, not fo ^ift as fhe before. 

Fails of her foufe, and pafling by, doth hurt no more. 


By this, the other which was pafled by, \ 
Hiiiifdf recovering, was return'd to fight i* 
Where, when he faw his fellow lifelefs lie. 
He much was daunted, with fo difmal fight ;. 
Yet nought abating of his former fpight. 
Let drive at him with fo malicious mind. 
As if he would have pafled through him qutght : 
But the fteel-head no ftedfaft hold could find. 

But glauncing by, deceived him of that he defign*d. 


Not fo the Prince : for his well learned fpcar 
Togk fui:er hold, and from his horfes back 
Above a launces length him forth did bear, 
And *gainft the cold hard earth fo fore hint ftrake, 
That all his bones in pieces nigh he brake* 
Where feeing him fo lie, he letft his deed. 
And to him leaping, vengeance thought to take 
Of him, fur all his fortoer follies meed, 

With flaming fword in hand his terraur more to breed. 



The fearful fwain, beholding death fo nigh, 
Cry*d out aloud for mercy him to fave ; 
In lieu whereof, he would to him defcrie 
Great treafon to him meant, his life to reave. 
The Prince foon hearkned, and his life forgave. 
Then thus, faid he i There is a ftranger Knight, 
The which for promife of great meed, us dravc 
To thi» attempt, to wreak his hid defpight, 

For that himfelt thereto did want fuificient might. 


The Prince much mufed at fuch villany. 

And laid ; Now fure ye well have earned your meed : 

For th'one is dead, and the other foon (hall dye, 

Unlefs to me thou hither brit^ with fpeed 

The wretch that hir'd you to this wicked deed. 

He glad of lifq, and willing eke to wreak 

The guilt on him, which did this mifchief breed. 

Swore by his fword, that neither day nor week • 

He would furceafe, but him, whereib he were would &elc« 


So up he rofe, and forth ftraightway he went 
Back 130 the phtce where Turpine late he lore ^ 
There he him found in great aftonifhment. 
To fee him fo bedight with bloody gore. 
And gricfly wounds that him appalled fore. 
Yet thus at length he laid-. How now. Sir Knight ? 
What meaneth this which here I fee before i 
How fortttneth this foul uncomely plight^ 

So different from that which earft ye feem'd in fight ? 


Perdy, faid he, in evil hour it fell. 
That ever I for meed did undertake 
So hard a talk, as life ibr hire to fell ; 
The which 1 earft adventured for your fake. 
Wicnefs the wounds, and thi$ wide bloody lake. 
Which ye may fee yet all about me fteem. 
. There£bre now yield, as ye did promife make. 
My due reward ; the which right well I deem 

I earned have, chat life fo dearly did redeem. 

^4. . THE FAIRY QJJ^EN. Book VL 


But where then is^ qMoth he, half j^racbfulty^ 
Where is the booty which therefore I bought ; 
That curfed caitive, my ftroog enemy. 
That recreant Knight, whofe hated life I fought ? 
And where is eke your fraendft which half it ought ? 
He lies, faid he, upon the cold bare ground. 
Slain of that errant Knight, with whom he fought i 
Whom afterwai:ds, my felf with many a wound 

Did flay again, as ye may fee there in the ftcRiod. 


Thereof falfe Tm^ne was full gtad and fatn« 

And needs with him ftrai^t io the place would ride. 

Where he himfelf might (ee bis foemm flain ^ 

For elfe his fear could not be iatisfide. 

So as they rode, he faw the way all dide 

With dreams ot blood \ which tracking by the orail. 

Ere long they came, whereas in evil tide. 

That other fwain, like aihc9 deadly pale. 

Lay in the lap of death, rueing Jais wretched hale. 


Much did the Craven ieem to moan his 6ife, 
That for his fake his dear life had forgone $ 
And him bewailing with afici^on bafe. 
Did counterfeit kind pity,^ where was none ; 
For whereas. no icouragp,. thire's no ruth nor moan. 
Thence pa0ing forth, oot.fer away he founds 
Whereas the Prince himfelf lay all atone, : 
Loofly difpiay'd upon the graffie ground, 

Fo0ei]^d of IW^ Jlecp, jcbiat.MMhim ioft m fwouod. 


Weary of travel in his forimrrfight. 

He there in (bade himfelf had laid to reft. 
Having his 4rms and warlike xbiogs undight^ 
Fearlefs of foes that mote his peace moleft -, 
The whiles his falvag^ Page, that wooc be preft. 
Was wandred in the wood aopther way. 
To do fomc thing that ieemcd to him beft. 
The whiles his Lord in filv6r ilumber lay. 

Like to th^ evening (lar, adorn'd with dewy ray. 

Cwto YIL T H E F A r R Y QU E EN. 383 


Whom whenas Turpim faw fo loofely laid/ 
He weened well that he indeed was dead. 
Like as that other Knight to him had faid : 
But when he nigh approacbt, he mote artad 
Plain figns in him of life and livelyhead. 
Whereat much griev*d againft that ftranger Knight, 
That him too light of credence did miflead. 
He would have back retired from that light. 

That was to him on earth the deadheft defpight. 


But that fame Knight would not once let him ftart. 
But plainly 'gan to him declare the cale 
Of all his miichief^ and late lucklefs fmart: 
How both he and his fellow theie in place ' 
Were vanquifhed, and put to foul difgracc. 
And how chat he in lieu of life him lent. 
Had vow*d unto the viftor, him to trace 
And follow through the world, wherefo he went, 

Till that he him deliver'd to his punifhment. 


He therewith much abafhed and affrayd. 
Began to tremble every limb and vein; 
And ibfcly whifp'ring him, entirely prayd, 
T*advife him better, than by fuch a train 
Ilim to betray unto a ftranger iwain, 
Yet rather counfel'd him contrariwife, 
Sith he likcwifc did wrong by him fuftain. 
To join with him, and vengeance to devife, 

Whillt time did offer means him deeping to furprife. 


NathMefs, for all his lipeech, the gentle Knight 
Would not be tempted to fuch villany. 
Regarding more his faith, which he did plight; 
All were it to his mortal enemy. 
Than to entrap him by falfe treachery : 
Great (hame in Lieges blood to be embru*di 
Thus whilft they were debating diverfly. 
The Salvage forth out of the wood iffu'd 

Back to the place, whcrea^ his Lord he fleeping view'd. 
Vol. II. - B b 



There when he faw thofe two fo near him ftand. 
He doubted much what mote their meaning be : 
And throwing down his load out of his hand 
(To wect, great ftoreof foreft fruit, which he 
Had for his food late gatherM from the tree) 
Himfelf unto his weapon he betook. 
That was an oaken plant, which lately he 
Rent by the root j which he fo fternly fhook. 

That like an hazel wand it quivered and quook. 


Whereat the Prince awaking, when he fpide 
The traytour "turpine with that other Knight, 
He darted up ; and (hatching near ^ his fide 
His trufty fword, the.fervant of his might,* 
Like a. fell Lion leaped to him light. 
And his left hand upon his collar laid. 
Therewith the coward deaded with afiright. 
Fell flat tQ ground, ne word unto him fayd. 

But holding up his hands, with filence mercy prayd 


But he fo full of indignation was. 

That to his prayer nought he woDid incline. 
But as he lay upon the humbled grafs. 
His foot he fet on his vile neck, in (ign 
Of fervile yoke, that nobler hearts repine. 
Then letting him arife like' abjeft thrall. 
He 'gan to him objed: his bainous crime. 
And to revile, and rate, and recreant call, 

And laftly to defpoil of Knightly banneral. 


And after all for greater infamy. 
He by the heels him hung upon a tree. 
And bafFutd fo, that all which pafled by. 
The pidure of his puniihment might fee. 
And by the like enfample warned be. 
However they through treafon do trefpafs. 
But turn we now back to that Lady free, 
Whom late we left riding upon an Afs, 

Led by a Carle and Fool, which by her fide did pafs. 



She was a Lady of great dignity » 
And lifted up to honovirable place. 
Famous through all the land of Faery, 
Though of mean parentage and kindred bafe. 
Yet decktwith wondrous gifts of natures grace^ 
That all men did her pcrfon much admire, 
And praife the feature of her goodly face, 
The beams whereof did kindle lovely fire 

In ch'hearts of many a Knight, and many a gentle Squire* 


But flie thereof grew proud and infolent. 

That none flic worthy thought to be her Fecr, 
But fcom'd them all that love unto her meant : 
Yet was flie lov*d of cMny a worthy peer j 
Unworthy (he to be bclov'd fo dear, 
That could not weigh of wortbinefs aright. 
For beauty is more glorious, bright and clear. 
The more it is admir*d of many a wight, 

Andnc^Ieft flie, chat ferved is of nobleft Knight« 


But this coy Damzel thought contrariwiie. 

That fuch proud looks would make her praifed more^ 
And that the more flie did all Love defpife. 
The more would wretched Lovers her adore. 
What cared fiie who fighed ibr her fore. 
Or who did watl or watch the weary night ? 
Let them' that lift, their lucklefs lot dq^lore i 
She was born free, not bound to any wight. 

And fo would ever live, and love her own delight. 


Through fuch her fl:ubborn ftiiFnefs, and hard heart. 
Many a wretch, for want of remedy. 
Did languifli long in life-confuming fmart. 
And at the laft, through dreary dolour die : 
Whilft (he (the Lady of her liberty) 
Did boaft, her beauty had fuch foverain might, *" 
That with the only twinkle of her eye. 
She rould or fave, or fpiU, whom flie would hight. 

What could the Gods do more, ^but do it more aright ? 



But lo, the Gods, that mortal follies view, ' 
Did worthily revenge this maidens pride ; 
And nought regarding her fo goodly, hue, 
. Did laugh at her that many did deride, 
Whilft fhc did weep, of no man mercifide. 
For on a day^ when Cupid kept his court. 
As he is wont at each Saint Valentide, 
Unto the which all Lovers do rcfort. 
That of their loves fuccefs they there may make report; 

It fortun'd then, that when the rolls were read. 
In which the names of all Loves folk were ftPd, 
That many there were miffing, which were dead. 
Or kept in bands, or from their Loves exiled. 
Or by fome other violence defpoil'd. 
Which whenas Cupid heard, he wexed wroth. 
And doubting to be wronged, or beguil'd. 
He bade his eyes to be unblindfold both. 
That he might fee his men, and mufter them by oath. 

Then, found he miny miffing of his crew, 

Which wont do fuit and fervice to his might. 
Of wlK)m what was becomen, no man knew. 
Therefore a Jury was impannePd ftraight, 
T'enquire of them, whether by force or fleight^ 
Or their own guilt, they were away convey'd. . 
To whom foul Infamy and fell Defpight r 

Gave evidence, that they were all berrayd. 
And murdred cruelly by a rebellious Maid. 

Fair MiraMlawzs her name, wKereby 
Of all thofe crimes (he there indited was: 
All which when Cupid heard, he by and by 
In great difpleafure, will'd a Capias 
Should ifTue forth, t'attach that fcornful Lafs. 
The warrant ftraight was made, and therewithal! . 
A BaylifF errant forth in poft did pafs, 
Whom they by name their Partamcur did call; 
He w^ich doth fummon Lovers to Laves judgment hall. 



The Damzel was attache, and ihorcly brought 
Upto the bar, whereas (he was arraigned ; 
But (he thereto nould plead nor anfwcr ought 
Even for ftubborn pride, which her reftrain'd. 
So judgment pad, as is by law ordain'd 
In cafes like; which when at laft (he faw. 
Her ftubborn heart, which love before difdain'd^ 
'Gan ftoop, and falling down with humble awe, 

Cry'd mercy, to abate th' extremity of law. 


The fon ofVenuSy who is mild by kind 
But where he is provoke with peeviflinefs. 
Unto her prayers piteoufly inclined. 
And did the rigour of his doom reprefs ; 
Yet not fo freely but that nathelefs 
He unto her a penance did impofe : 
Which was that through this worlds wide wildernefs 
She wander ihould in company of thofe. 

Till (he had fav*d fo many Loves as Ihe did lofe. ; 


So now fhe had been wandring two whole years 
Throughout the world, in this uncomely cale. 
Wafting her goodly hue in heavy tears. 
And her good days in dolorous diigrace : 
Yet had fhe not, in all thefe two years fpace. 
Saved but two •, yet in two years before. 
Through her defpiteous pride, whilft love lackt place. 
She had dcftroyed two and twenty more. [fore ^ 

Aye me I how could her love make half amends there- 


And now (he was upon the weary way, 
Whenas the gentle Squire, with fair Serene^ 
Met her in fuch miflceming foul array ; 
The whiles, that mighty man did her demean 
With all the evil terms and cruel mean 
That he could make ; And eke that angry Fool, 
Whjch followed her, wjth curfed hands unclean 
Whipping her horfe, did with his fniarting tool 

Oft whip her dainty I'dfs and much augment her dool. 




Ne ought it mote a^ail her to cntreaiC 
The one or th* other, better her cO' ufe : 
For both fo wilful were and obftifiate. 
That all her piteous plaint chey did reftilc. 
And rather did the more her beat and bruife. ' 

But moft, the former villain, which did lead , 
Her tireling Jade, was bent her so abufe ; 
Who though fhe were with wearinefs nigh dead» 

Yet would not kt her light, nor reft a little dead. 


For he was ftern and terrible by nature. 
And eke of perfon huge and hideous. 
Exceeding much the meafure of mans ftacure. 
And rather like a Giant monftruous. 
For footh he was defended of the houib 
Of thofe old Giants, which did wars darraift 
- Againd the heaven in order battailous. 
And Sib to great OrgolU^ which was (lain 

By jirtbur^ wh^nas Unas Knight he did maintain. 


His looks were dreadful, and his fiery eyes 

(Like two great beacons) glai^ bright and wide, 

Glauncing askew, as if his enemies 

He fcorned in his over- weening pride ; 

And ftalking ftately, like a Crane, did ftridc 

At every ftcp upon the tip*toes high : 

And all the way he went on every fide 

He gazM about, and ftared horribly. 

As if he with his looks would alt men terrify. 


He wore no armour, ne for none did care. 
As no whit dreading any Hving wight s 
But in a jacket quilted richly rare. 
Upon checkiaton, he was ftrangely digbt. 
And on his head a roll of linnen plight. 
Like to the Moors of Mcilabar he wore \ 
With which his locks, as black as pitchy night, 
Were bound about, and voided from before, 

And in his hand a mighty iron cltib he bore* 



This was Difdam^ who led that Ladies horfe [plains. 
Through thick andchiD,through mountainsand through 
Compelliog her, where fhe would not* by force. 
Haling her palfrey by the hempen reins. 
But that fiime Fool, which moft increaft her pains, 
Was Scom^ who having in his hand a whip. 
Her therewith yirks, and ftiii when (he complains. 
The more he laughs, and does her clofely quip. 

To fee hec fore lament, and bite her tender lip. 


Whofe cruel handling when thac Squire beheld. 
And faw tbofe villains her fo vilely ufe. 
His geade heart with indigMtion (Well'd, 
And could no longer bear fo great abufe. 
As fuch a Lady (b to beat and bruife ; 
But to him ftepping, fuch a ftroke him lent, 
The forced him th'halter from his hand to loofe. 
And maugre all his might, back to relent : 

Elfe had he furely there been (lain, or fouly ihcnt. 


The villain, wroth for greeting him fb fore, 
Gather'd himfelf together foon again } 
And with his iron batton which he bore. 
Let drive at htm fo dreadfully amain. 
That for his fafety he did him conftrain 
To give him ground, and ihift to every fide. 
Rather than once his burden to fuftain : 
For bootiefs thing him feemed to abide 

So mighty blows, or prove the puiiTance of his pride. 


Like as a MaftifF, having at a bay 
A falvage Bull, whofe cruel horns do threat 
Defperate danger, if he them aflay, 
Traceth his ground, and round about doth bear. 
To fpy where he may fomc advantage get ; 
The whiles the bcaft doth rage and loudly rorc : 
So did the Squire the whiles the Carle did fret. 
And fume in his difdainful mind the more. 

And oftentimes by Turmagant and Mabound fwore. 

Bb 4 



Nath'lefs, To lliarply ftill he him purfu'd. 
That at advantage him at laft he took, 
"When his foot flipt (that flip he dearly ru'd) 
And with his iron club to grpund him ftrook ; 
•Where ilill he lay, ne out of fwoun awook. 
Till heavy hand the Carle upon him laid. 
And bound him faft : Tho when he up did look. 
And faw himfelf captiv'd, he wasdifmaid, , 

Ne powre had to withftand, ne hope ot any aid. . 


Then up he made him rife, and forward fare, 
l.ed in a rope, which both his bands did bind ; 
Ne ought that Fool for pity did him fpare i 
But with his whip him following behind. 
Him often fcourg'd, and forced his feet to find : 
And otherwhiles, with bitter mocks and mows 
He would him fcom, that to his gentle mind 
Was much more grievous than the others blows : 

Words fliarply wound,but greateft grief of fcoming grows. 

The fair Seuna vfhtn (he faw him fall 

Under that villains club, then furely thought 
That (lain be was, or made a wretched thrall^ 
And fled away with all the fpeed flie mought. 
To feek for fafety, which long time ftie fought i 
And paft through many perils by the way, 
Ere (he again to Calepine was brought : 
The which difcourfe as now I muft delay. 

Till AUrabellas fortunes I do further hj. 



Prince Arthur overcomes Difdain^ 

^ts Mirabell from dreed: 
Serena, found of Salvages^ 
. iSjr Calepine is freed. 


Ye gentle Ladies, in whofe foveraine powre 
Love bach the glory of his kingdom left. 
And ch' hearts of men, as your eternal dowre. 
In iron chains, of liberty bereft. 
Delivered ha^h into your hands by gift ; 
Be well aware, how ye the fame do u(e« 
That pride do not to tyranny you lift ; 
Left if men you of cruelty accufe. 

He from you take that chiefdom which ye do abufe. 


And as ye foft and tender are by kind, 

Adorn*d with goodly gifts of beauties grace. 
So be ye foft and tender eke in mind ; 
But cruelty and hardnefs from you chace. 
That all your other praifes will deface. 
And from you turn the love of men, to bate. 
Enfample take oi Mirabellas czk^ 
Who from the high degree of happy ftate. 

Fell into wretched woes, which (he repented late. 


Who after thraldom of the gentle Squire, 
Which Ihe beheld with lamentable eye, 
Was touched with compafTion entire, 
And much lamented his calamity. 
That for her fake fell in^o mifery : 
Which booted nought for prayers, nor for threat. 
To hope for to rcleafe or mollify; 
For aye the more that (he did them intreat. 

The more they bim mifus'd, and cruelly did beat. 



Sa as thsj forward on their wa^ did paft^ 
Him dill reviling and afflifting fore, * 
They met Prince ji^tbur with Sir EnutSj 
(That was that courteous Knight, whom be before 
Having fubdu'd, yet did to Kfe reftore/ 
To whom as they approacht, they 'goa augment 
Their cruelty, and him to punifli more. 
Scourging and haling him more vehement : 

As if it them fhould grieve to fee his punilhment. 


The Squire himfdf, whenas he f^w his Lord, 
The witnefs of his wretchedaefs, in place. 
Was much afliat&'d^ that with an hempen cord 
He like a Dog was led in captive cafe \ 
And did his head for baflifuinefs abafe. 
As loth to fee, or to be ieen at all : 
Shame would be hid« But whenas Emas 
Beheld two fuch, of two fuch villains thrall. 

His manly mind was much emmoved therewithallt 


And to the Prince thus faid ; See you, Sir Knsghtt 
The greatcft fhame that ever /ye yet faw ? 
Yond Lady and her Squire with foul del^ight 
Abus'd, againfl: all reafon and all law, 

. Without regard of pity or of awe. 
See how they do that Squire beat and revile ; 
See how they do the Lady hale and draw. 
But if ye pleafe to lend me leave awhile, 

I will them foon acquit, and both of blame aflbiL 


The Prince afiented : and then he ftraightway 
Difmounting light, his fhield about him threw. 
With which approaching, thus h^ 'gan to fay \ 
Abide ye caitive treachetours untrue. 
That have with treafon thralled unto you 
Thefe two, unworthy of your wretched bands>; 
And now your crime with cruelty purfue. 
Abide, and from them lay your loathly hands \ 

Or eife abide th^ death, that hard before you ftands. 

CifltoVm. THE FAIRY QUEEN. 395 


The villain ftaid not anfWcr to invent^ 
But with his iron club preparing wajr^ 
His minds fad meflage bock unco him fent ; 
The which defeended with fuch dreadful fway^ 
That feemed nought the courfe thereof could ftay : 
JNo more than lightning from the lofty flcy. 
Ne lift the Knight the powre thereof af&y^ 
Whofe doom was death ; but Bghcly flipping by, 

Unwares defrauded his intended deftiny. 


And to requite him with the like again. 

With his iharp fword he fiercely at him flew. 
And ftrook fo ftroogly, that the Carle with pain 
' Saved himfelf, but that he there him fl^w : 
Yet fav*d not fo> but that the blood it drew. 
And gave bis foe good hope of viiflory. 
Who therewith fleiht, upon him fet anew. 
And with the iecond ftroke, thought ceruinly 

To .have fupplide the firfl:, and paid the ufury« 


But Fortune anfwer'd not unto his call ; 
For. as his hand was heaved up on height. 
The villain met him in the middle fall. 
And with his dub beat back his brondiron bright 
So forcibly, that with his own hands might 
Rebeaten back upon himfelf again. 
He driven was to crouod in fdlf defpight i 
From whence ere nc recovery could gain. 

He in bia neck did fet bis foot with fell difdain. 


With that, the Fool, which did that end await. 
Came running in ; and whilfl: on ground he lay. 
Laid heavy bands on him, and held fo ilreight^ 
That down he kept him with bis fcornfiil fway. 
So as he could not wield him any way. 
The whiles that other villain went about 
Him to have bound, and tbrail'd without delay ; 
The whiles, the Fool did him revile and flout, [ftout. 

Threatning to yoke them two, and tame their courage 



As when a llurdy Plough- man with his Hind 
By (Ircngth have overthrown a ftubborn Scear, 
They down him hold, and faft with cords do tMnd 
Till rhcy him force the buxom yoke to bear : 
So did thefe two this Knight oft tug and tear. 
Which when the Prince beheld, there (landing by. 
He left his lofty (teed to aid him near ; 
And buckling foon himfidf, 'gan fiercely fly 

Upon that Carle, to fave his friend from jeopardy. 


The villain, leaving him unto his Mace 
To be captiv'd, and handled as he lift, 
Himfelf addreft unco this new debate. 
And with his club him all about fo blift. 
That he which way to turn him fcarcely wift : 
Sometimes aloft he laid, fometimes alow ; 
Now here, now there, and oft him near he mift \ 
So doubtfully, that hardly one could know 

Whether more wary were to give or ward the blow. 


But yet the Prince fo well 'enured was 
With fuch huge ftrokes, approved oft in fight. 
That way to them he gave forth-right to pafs ; 
Ne would endure the danger of their might. 
But wait advantage, when they down did light. 
At lalt, the caitivc after long difcourfe. 
When all his (Irokes he faw avoided quite, 
RefolvM in one t' a(Iemble all his force, 

And make an end of him without ruth or remorfe. 


His dreadful hand he heaved up aloft; 
And with his dreadful inftruments of ire. 
Thought fure have pounded him to powder foft, 
Or deep embowerd in the earth entire r 
But fortune did not with his will confpire. 
For ere his ftrokc attained his intent. 
The noble child preventing his dcfire. 
Under his club with wary boldnefs went. 

And fmote him on the kme^ that never yet was bent. 


Cahto VIIL T H E FA I R Y Q U E E N. j^y 


It never yet was bent, nc bent it now, 

Albe the ftrokc fo ftrong and puiflfant were. 

That fecm'd a naarble piliour it could bow : 

3uc ^11 that leg which did his body bear, 

It crackt throughout, yet did no blood appear; 

So as -it wals unable to fupport 

So .huge a burden on fuch broken geac, 

But tell to ground, like to a lump of dirt; 

Whence he aOTaid to rife, but could not for his hurt. 


Eftfoons the Prince to him full nimbly ftept ; 
And left he fhould recover foot again, 
His head meant from bis Ihoulders to have fwept. 
Which when the Lady faw, ftie cride amain ; 
Stay, ftay. Sir Knight, for love of God abftain. 
From that unwarcs ye weetlefs do intend ; 
Slay not that Carle though worthy to be flain : 
For more on him doth than himfelf depend; 

My life will by his death have lamentable end« 


He ftayd his hand according her delire. 
Yet natbemore him fuffred to arife ; 
But ftill fuppreflTing, 'gan of her inquire. 
What meaning mote thofe uncouth words comprife. 
That in that villains health her fafety lies : 
That were no might in man, nor heart in Knights, 
Which durft her dreaded refcuc enterprife, 
Yet heavens themfelves; that favour feeble rights. 

Would for itfclf redrefs, and punifli fuch dcfpights. 


Then burftmg forth in tears, which guihed faft 
Like many waiter- ft reams, awhile Ihe ftaid : 
Till the iharp paflilon being over-paft. 
Her tongue to her rcftor'd, then thus (he faid ; 
Nor heavens, nor men, can me moft wretched Maid 
Deliver from the doom of my defart ; 
The which the God of Love hath on me laid. 
And damned to endure this direful fmart, 

FqC' penance of my proud and hatd rebellious h^art. 



In prime of youthly years, when firft the'fiowte 
Of beauty *gan to bud, and bloofm delight. 
And Nature me endued with plenteous dowre 
Of all her gifts that pleas'd each living fight, 
I was belov*d of many a gentle Knight, 
And fu'd and fought with ail the fervice due : 
Full many a one for me deep groand, and figh't, 
And to the -door of death for lorrow drew. 

Complaining out on me, that would not oa them rew. 


But let them love that lift, or live or die c 
Me lift not die for any Lovers doot : 
Ne lift me leave my loved liberty. 
To [Mty him that lift to play the fool : 
To love myfelf I learhed had in fchooi. 
Thus I triumphed long in Lovers pain. 
And fitting carelefs on the fcorners ftool. 
Did laugh at thofe th^t did lament and {dain : 

But all is now repayd with intereft again. 


For lo, the winged God, that woun&th hnrts. 
Caused mq be called to account dieftfore : 
And for revengement of thofe iv-rongful foiarts, 
"Which I to others did infiidfc agfere, 
Addeem'd me to endure this penance lore ; 
That in this wife, atnd this unmeet array. 
With thefe two lewd companions, and no tnore, 
Difdain and Scgth^ I through the world flioiild ftray, 

Till I have fav'd fo many as I carft did flay. 


Certes, faid then the !Prince„' the God is juft, 
That caketh vengeance of his peopks fpoii: 
For were no -law in Love, but all that iuft 
Might them opprefs, and jpainfully turmoy. 
His kingdom would continue but awhile. 
But tell me Lady, wherefore do you bear 
This. bottle thus before you with -fuch toil, 
And eke this wallet at your bark arear. 

That for tbc(e Carles €o carry much aaore comely wercf 


Here in this bottle, faid the for ry Maid, 

I put the tears of my coirtriticn. 

Till to the brim I have it foil defraid : 

And in this bag which I behind me don, ^ 

I put repentance for things paft and gon. 

Yet is the bottle leak, and bag fo torn^ 

That all which I put in, falls out anon ; 

And is behind me trodden down of Sccm^ 
Who mocketh all my pain, and laughs the more I mourn. 

The Infant hearkned wifely to her tale. 

And wondred much at Cupids judgment wife. 

That could fo meekly make proud hearts availc. 

And wreak himfelf on them that him defpife. 

Then fufired he Difdain up to arife, 

Who was not able up himfelf to rear. 

By means his legt through his late lucklcfs prife. 

Was crakt in twain ; but by his foolifli Fcer 
Was holpcn up, who him fupported ftanding near. 

But being up, ht lookt again aloft. 

As if he never had received fall ; 

And with ftern eye-brows ftarcd at hini oft. 

As if he would have daunted him withali : 

And ftanding on his tip-toes to feem tall, 

Down on his golden feet he often gaz*d. 

As if fuch pride the other could apall ; 

Who was to far from being ought amaz*d 
That he his looks defpifed, and his boaft difprais*d. 

Then turned back unto that captive thrall. 

Who all this while ftood there befide them bounds 

Unwilling to be known, or feen at all. 

He from thofe bands ween'd him to have unwound. 

But when approaching near, he plainly found. 

It was his own true Groom, the gentle Squire, 

He thereat wexr exceedingly aftound, 

And him did oft embrace, and oft admire ; 
Ne could^ with feeing, fatisfie his great defire. 



Mean while, the falvage man, when he beheld 
That huge great Fool oppreffing th'other Knight^ 
Whom with his weight unwieldly down he held» 
He flew upon him, like a greedy Kight, 
Unto fome carrion offer'd to his light : 
And down him plucking, with his nails and teeth 
'Gan him to hale and tear, and fcratch and bite^ 
And from him taking his own whip, therewith 

So fore him fcourgeth, that the bloud down followeth. 


And fure, I ween, had not the Lgdies cry 
Procured the Prince his cruel hand to ftay. 
He would with whipping him have done to die : 
But being checkt, he did abftain ftraightway. 
And let him rife. Then thus the Prince 'gan fay i 
Now Lady, lith your fortunes thus difpofe. 
That if ye lift have liberty, ye may. 
Unto your fclf I freely leave to choofe. 

Whether I (hall you leave, or from thefe villains loofe. 

Ah ! nay. Sir Knight, faid (he, it may not be^ 
But that I needs muft by all means fulfill 
This penance, which enjoined is to me. 
Left unco me betide a greater ill ; 
Yet no Icfs thanks to you for your good will. 
So humbly taking leave, Ihe turn*d afide : 
But Arthur^ with the reft, went onward ftill 
On his firft queft : in which did him betide 

A great adventure, which did him from them divide*- 


But firft, it falleth me by courfe to tell 
Of fair Serena : who as earft you heard. 
When firft the gentle Souire at variance fell 
With..thofe two Carles, Red faft away, afeard 
Of villany to be to her inferd : 
So frefh the image of her former dread, 
Yet dwelling in her eye, to her appeard, 
I'hat every foot did tremble, which did tread i 

And every body two, and two ftie four did read, 

Canto Vltl. tHE FAIRY QUkEN* 401 


Throughhillsand dales, through bu(bes,andthrdughbrerei 
Lons thus (he fled, till chat at laft fke thought 
Hertelf now paft the peril df h^r fears. 
Then looking round about, and feeing nought^ 
Which doubt of danger to her offer moughc. 
She from her palfrey lighted on the plain i 
And fitting down, her felf awhile bethought 
Of her long travel^ and turmoiling pain-; 

And often did of love, and oft of luck complaiik 


And evermore^ fbe blamed Cakpine^ 
The good Sir Cilepine^ her own true itnight^ 
As th'only author of her woeful tine : 
For being of his love to her fo light. 
As her to leare in fuch a piteous plight. 
Yet never Turtle truer to his Make^ 
Than he was tride unto bis Lady bright ! 
Who all this while cndufed for her fake. 

Great peril of his life, and reftlefs pains did takei 


Tho wbenas all her plaints fhe had difplaid, 
Aijd well difburden'd her engricvcd breajft^ 
Upon the grafs herfelf adown fhe laid ; 
Where being tir*d with travel, and opprtft 
With forrow, Ihc betook herfelf to reft. 
There whilft in Minfheus bofom fafe (he lay« 
Fearlefs of ought that mote her p^ace moleft^ 
Falfc Fortune did her fafety betray. 

Unto a ftrange mifchance, that menaced her decay. 


In thefe wild defarts, where fhe now abode^ 
There dwelt a falVage nation^ which did live 
Of Health and fpoil, and making nightly toad 
Into their neighbours borders : ne did give 
Themfelves to any trade (as for to drive 
The painful plough, or cattle for to breed. 
Or by adventrous merchandize to thrive) 
But on the labours of poor men to feed^ 

And ferve their own neccfTities with oihers need. 
Vol, IL . C c 



Thereto they us*d one moft accurfed order. 
To eat the flefh of men, whom they mote find. 
And ftrangers to devour, which on their border 
Were brought by errour, or by wreck ful wind» 
A monftrous cruelty 'gainft courfe of kind. 
They towards evening wandring every way. 
To feek for booty, came (by Fortune blind) 
Whereas this Lady, like a Sheep ailray. 

Now drowned in the depth of deep all fearlefs lay. 


Soon as they fpide her. Lord what gladful glee 
Th^y made amongft themfelves ! but when her fact 
Like the fair ivory fhining they did fee. 
Each 'gan his fellow folace and embrace. 
For joy of fuch good hap by heavenly grace. 
Then 'gan they to devift^ what courfe to take : 
Whether to flay her there upon the place. 
Or fufier her out of her fleep to wake. 

And then her eat attonce ; or many meals to make. 


The bed advizement was of bad, to let her 
Sleep out her fill, without encomberment : 
For fleep (they faid) would make her battil better. 
Then when flie wak'd, they all gave one confent. 
That fith by grace of God flie there was fent. 
Unto their God they would her facrifize \ 
Whofe fliare, her guiltlefs blood they would prefent: 
But of her dainty flefli they did devize 

To make a common feaft, and feed with gormandize. 


So round about her they themfelves did place 
Upon the grafs, and diverfly difpofe. 
As each thought beft to fpend the lingring fpace. 
Some with their eyes the daintieft morfels chofe ; 
Some praife her paps, fomepraife her lips and noie$ 
Some whet their knives, and ftrip their elbows bare ; 
The Prieft himfelf a girlond doth compofe 
or fintfft flowres, and with full bufie care 

His bloody vcflels wafli, and holy fire prepare. 

Canto via THE FAIRY QJUEEN. 403 

The Danizel wakes : then all attonce upftart. 
And round about her floak, like many flies^ 
Whooping, and hollowing on every part. 
As if they would have rent the brafen Ikies. 
Which when (he fees with ghaftly griefful eyes^ 
Her heart does quake, and deadly pallid hue 
Benumbs her cheeks : Then out aloud fhe cries. 
Where none is nigh to hear, that will her rue. 

And rends her golden locks, and fnowy breafts embrue» 


But all boots npt t they hands upon her lay ; 
And firft they fpoil her of her jewels dear» 
And afterwards of all her rich array i 
The which amongft them they in pieces tear^ 
And of the prey each one a part doth bear. 
Now being naked to their fordid eyes . 
The goodly treafures of nature appear : 
Which as they view with luftful fantafies. 

Each wiiheth to himfelf, and to the reft envies. 


Her ivory neck, her alablafler breaft. 

Her paps, which like white filken pillows were^ 

For Love in foft delight thereon to reft % 

Her tender fides, her belly white and clear^ 

Which like an altar did it felf uprear, 

To offer facrifice divine thereon ; 

Her goodly thighs, whofe glory did appear 

Like a triumphal arch, and thereupon 

The fpoils of Princes hang*d, which were in battle won : 


Thole d^ty parts, the dearlings of delight. 
Which mote not be prophan*d of common eyes, 
Thofe villains view'd with loofc lafcivious fight. 
And cloiely tempted with their crafty fpies j 
And fome of them 'gan 'mongft themfelves devife. 
Thereof by force to take their beaftly pleafurc. 
But them the Prieft rebuking did advife 
To dare not to pollute fo facred treafure, 

Yow'd to the Gods : religion held even thieves in meaAirii 

C c a 




So being ftayd, they her from thence direSied 
Unto a liule grove not hr afifle. 
In which an altar (hortly they^ereded« 
To flay her on. And now the eventide 
His broad black wings had through the heavens wide 
By this difpread, that was the time ordain*d 
For fuch a difmal deed, their guilt to hide : 
Of few green turfs an altar foon they hWd^ 

And deckt it all with flo wrs, wh ich they nigh hand obtainM. 


Tho whenas all things ready were aright. 
The Damzel was before the altar fet. 
Being already dead with fearful fright. 
To whom the Pricft with naked arms full net 
Approaching nigh, and murdrous knife well whet, 
'Gan mutter cloie a certain fecret charm. 
With other devilifli ceremonies met : 
Which done, he 'gan aloft t'advance his arm. 

Whereat they fhouted all, and made a loud alarm. 


Then 'gan the bag-pipes and the horns to (brill 
And Ihriek aloud, that with the peoples voice 
Confufed, did the air with terrour fill. 
And made the wood to tremble at the noife : . 
The whiles (he waild, the more they did rejoice. 
Now mote ye underfland that to this grove 
Sir Cdepine by chance, more than by choice. 
The fclf-fame evening fortune hither drove. 

As he to feck Serena through the woods did rove. 


Long had he fought her, and through many a foil 
Had traveled ftill on foot in heavy arms, ■ 

Ne ought was tired with his endlefs toil, 
Ne ought was feared of his certain harms : 
And now all wcetlefs of the wretched ftorms. 
In which his Love was iofl:, he flept full fa(t» 
Till being waked with thefe loud alarms. 
He lightly flarted up like one aghaii, I 

And catching up his arms, ftraight to the noife forth paft. 



There by th'unceitain glimpfe of ftarry night. 
And by the twinkling of their facred fire. 
He mote perceive a little dawning fight 
Of all, which there was doing in that quire : 
'Mongft whom, a woman fpoild of all attire 
He fpide lamenting her unlucky ftrife. 
And groaning fore from grieved heart entire ^ 
Eftfoons he law. one with a naked knife 

Ready to launce her breaft, and let out loved life. 


With that he thrufts4iito the thickeft throng. 
And ev'n as his right hand adown defcends^ 
He him preventing, lays on earth along, 
And facrififeth to th'infernal Fiends. 
Then to the reft his wrathful hand he bends : 
Of whom he makes fuch havock and fuch hew. 
That fwarms of damned fouls to hell he fends : 
The reft, that fcape his fword and death efchew. 

Fly like a flock of Doves before a Faulcons view. 

From them returning to that Lady back. 
Whom by the altar he doth fitting find, 
Yet fearing death, and next to death, the lack 
Of clothes to cover what fiie ought by kind. 
He firft her hands begineth to unbind *, 
And then to queftion of her prefent woe ; 
And afterwards to chear with fpeeches kind. 
But file, for nought that he could fay or do. 

One word durft fpeak, or anfwer him awhit thereto. 


So inward fiiame of her uncomely cafe 

She did conceive, through care of womanhood. 
That though the night did cover her difgrace, 
Yet file in fo unwomanly a mood. 
Would not bewray cbe ftace in which fi)e ftood. 
So all that night to bini unknown fli^ paft. 
But day that doth difcover bad and good. 
Enfuing, made her known to him at laft : 

.The end whereof Til keep until another caft. 

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40(5 T H E F AI R Y QU E EN. Book VL 

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Calidore bofis with Melibse, 
Ami hves fair Paftorell \ 

Condon tmnes bimj jet be 
Fer ill rtwards Hm wjU. 


Now turn again my team thoii jolly fwain» 
Back to the furrow which I lately left i 
I lately left a furrow, one or tw^n 
Unplough'd, the which my coulter hath not deft : 
Yet feem'd the foil both fair and fruitfbl eft^ 
As I it pad ; that were too great a fliame. 
That fo rich fruit (hould be from us bereft; 
Befides the great diihonour and de&me. 

Which (hould befall to Calidoreh immortal name. 


Great travel hath the gentle Calidore 
And toil endured, Sth I left him laft 
'Sueing the Blatant Bea/l ; which I forbore 
To finifli then, for other prefent hafte. 
Full many paths, and perils he hath paft, [plaios, 
In that fame quelt, which Fortune on him caft ; 
Which he atchieved to his own great gains. 

Reaping eternal glory of his reftlefs pains* 


So fharply he the monfter did purfue, 

That day nor night he fufier'd him to reft : 
Ne refted he himfelf (but nature^ due) 
For dread of danger, not to be redreft. 
If he for floth forflackt fo famous queft. 
Him firft from court he to the cities coursM» 
And from the cities to th^ towns him preft, 

. And from the ^^ns into the country forc*d. 

And from xhe country back to private farms he fcorsU 




From thence into the open fields he fied» 

Whereas the Herd's were keeping of their Neit, 
And Shepherds finging to their flocks that fed. 
Lays of fweet love and youths delightful heat : 
Him thither eke (for all his fearful threat 
He followed fad, and chafed him fo nigh. 
That to the folds, where fheep at night do feat. 
And to the little cotes, where Shepherds lye. 

In winters wrathful time, he forced him to five. 


There on a day as he purfuM the chace. 
He chanc'd to fpy a fort of fhepherd grooms. 
Playing on pipes, and caroling apace. 
The whiles their beafts there in the budded brooms 
fiefide them fed, and nipt the tender blooms : 
For other worldly wealth they cared nought. 
To whom Sir Calidore yet fweating comes, 
And them to tell him courteoufly befought, 

If fuch a beaft they faw, which he had thither brought. 


They anfwer*d him, that no fuch beaft they faw. 
Nor any wicked Fiend that mote ofiend 
Their happ^ flocks, nor danger to them draw : 
But if that fuch there were (as none they kend) 
They prayd high God him far from them to fend. 
Then one of them him feeing fo to fweat. 
After his rufttck wife (that well he weend) 
Oftred him drink, to quench his thirfty heat. 

And if he hungry were, him offred eke to eat. 


The Knight was nothing nice, where was no need. 
And took their gentle offer: fo adown 
They prayd him fit, and gave him for to feed 
Such homely what, as fcrves the fimple clown. 
That doth <lcfpifc the^ dainties of the town. 
Tho having fed his fill, he there befide 
Saw a fair Damzel, which did wear a crown 
Of fundry flowres, with filken ribbands ty*d, 

Yclad in home-made green that hUr own hands had dy*d. 

C c 4 



Vpoq a little hillock Ihe was placed 
Higher than all the reft, and round about 
Enyircn'd with a gir)ond^ goodly grac'dt 
Of lovely L4alles i and them all without 
The lufty ibeph^rd fw^ins fate in a rout. 
The which did pipe and fing her pr^fes due;' 
And cfc rejpice, and oft for wonder fliout,^ 
As if ibme mjracle of heavenly hue 

"Were dQwn to (hem dcfcended in that earthly view, 


/ind foqthly fure (he was full fair qf face. 
And perfeftly well Ihap'd in every limb ; 
Which Ihe did iqore augment with modeft grace, 
And comely carriage of her pount'nance trim» 
That ^11 the reft like lefler lamps did dim ; 
\Vho her admiring as fome heavenly wight, 
pid for their foveraine Goddefs her efteem. 
And (:aroling her name both day and nighty 

The f^ireft j^afiorella her by n^me did hight. 

I^e was there Herd, ne was there fhepherds fwaiQ 
But her did honour, and eke many a one 
Burnt in her love; and with fweet pleafing pain 
Full many a night for her did figh and groane : 
But moft of all the fhepherd Coridon 
For her di^ languifh, and his dear life fpend; 
Yet iieicher (he for him, nqr other nqne . 
Did c^re a whit, ne any liking lend : 

Though mean her lot, y^t higher did her mind aftendt 


Her whiles Sir Calidor$ there viewed well. 

And markt her rare demeanure, which him ieen^*4 

Sqfar (he mien of Shepherds to excell, 

As that he in his mind her worthy deem'd. 

To be a Princes paragone cfteem'd \ 

He was unawares furpriz'd in fubtil band^ 

Of the blind Boy, ne thence could be rede^mM 

jPy any ikill out of his cruel hands, 

Ciught like (be bird, which gazing ftill on others ftandsi, 


XII. . ^ 

So ftood he ftill long gazing thereupon, 
JJe any will 4)ad thence to move away. 
Although his queft ^ere far afore him gone : 
But after be had fed, yet did he ftay. 
And fate there ftill, until the flying day 
Was far forth fpent, difcourfing diverfly 
Of fundry things, as fell, to work delay ; 
And evermore his fpeech he did apply 

To th* Herds, but meant them to the Damzels fantaly, 


Py this, the moifty night approaching faft. 
Her dewy humour 'gan on th'earth to fhed. 
That warn'd the Shepherds to their homes to hafte 
Their tender flocks, now being fully fed. 
For fear of wetting theni before their bed. 
Then came to them a good old aged Sire, 
Whofe filver locks bedeckt his beard and head. 
With (hepherds hook in hand, and fit attire. 

That wiird the Damzell rife ; the day did now eitplre. 

XIV. ^ 

He was to wcet by common voice efteem'd 
The Father of the faireft Pajiorell^ 
And of herfelf in very deed fo deem'd ; 
Yet was not fo, but as old ftories tell 
Found her by fortune, which to him befell. 
In th*open fields an infant left alone. 
And taking up brought home, and nur(ed wril 
As his own child ; for other he had none. 

That (he in traft of time accounted was his own. 


3he at his bidding meekly did arife, 
And ftraight unto her little flock did fare : 
Then all the reft about her roie likewife. 
And each his fundry fheep with feveral care 
Gathered together, and them homeward bare : 
Whilft every one with helping hands did ftrive 
Amongft themfelves, and did their labours ihare. 
To help fair Paftorella home to drive 

H?r fleecy flock ^ ' but C&rridon pioft bdp did give. 



But MeB^ (fo ^\eh^ tl^t good old mzj^) 
Now feeing Catidore left all a)one» 
And night arrived hard at hand, began 
Him to invite unto his (imple home : 
Which though it were a cottage clad with loaic. 
And all things therein mean ; yet better fo 
To lodge, than in the falvage fields to voame. 
The Knight full gladly foon agreed thereto, - 

Being bis hearts own wilh, and home with him did go. 
^ XVII. 

There he was wekom'd of that honeft Sire, 
And of his aged beldame homel]^ ii^ell ; 
Who him beiought him felf to difattire. 
And reil himfelf> till fupper time befell ; 
By which home came the faireft PafioreU^ 
After her flock (he in her fold had tyde : 
And iupper ready dighc> they to it fell 
With fmall ado, and nature fatisfide. 

The which doth little crave, contented to abide. 


The when thjcy had their hunger flaked well. 
And the fair Maid the table ta^en away ; 
The gentle Knight, as he that did exoell 
In courtefie, and well could do and fay. 
For fo great kindnefs as he found that day, 
Gan greatly thank his hofl: and his good wife ; 
And drawir^ thence his fpeech another way, 
Gan highly to commend the happy life 

Which Ihepherds lead, without debate or bitter ftrife. 


How much, faid he, more happy is the ftate. 
In which ye Father here do dwell at eale. 
Leading a life fo free and fortunate. 
From all the tempefts of thefe wordly feas. 
Which tofs the reft in dangerous difeafe ? 
Where wars and wrecks, and wicked enmity 
Do them afflict, which no man can appeafe \ 
That certes I your happinefs envy 

And wifli my lot were plac'd in fucfa felicity. 


Surely my Son (then anfwer'd he agattt) 
If happy, then it is in this intent. 
That having fmall, yet do I not complaio 
Of want, ne wilh for more it to augment^ 
But do my felf, with that I hare, content; 
So taught of Nature, which doth little need 
Of foreign helps to \ifes due nourifliment 
The fields my food, my flock my rayment breed ; 

No better do I wear, no better do I feed* 


Therefore I do not any one eavy. 
Nor am envide of any one therefore ; 
They that have much, fear much to lofe thereby. 
And (lore of cares do follow riches ftore. 
The licde that 1 have grows daily more 
Without my care, but only to attend it. 
My Lambs do every year encreafe their fcore. 
And my flocks father daily doth amend it* 

What havel,but to praife th'Almighty,that 4oth fend it i 


To them, that lift, the worlds gay fliows I leave. 
And to great ones fuch follies do forgive. 
Which oft through pride do their own peril weave. 
And through ambition down themfelves do drive 
To fad decay, that might contented live. 
Me no fuch cares nor combrous thoughts of&nd, 
Ne once my minds unmoved quiet grieve ; 
But all. the night in fiiver fleep I ijpend. 

And all the day to what I lift, I do attend. 


Sometimes I hunt the Fox, the vowed foe 
Unto my Lambs, and him diflodge away ; 
Sometime the Fawn I pradice, from the Doe, 
Or from the Goat her kid how to convey \ 
Another while I baits and nets difplay. 
The Birds to catch or Fifhes to beguile : 
And when I weary am, I down do lay 
My limbs in every ihade, to reft from toil. 

And drink of every brook, when thirft mythroatdoth boil. 



The time was once, in my firft prime of years. 
When pride of youth forth pricked my defire. 
That I difdain*d amongft mine equal peers 
To follow fheep and fhepherds bafe attire : 
For further fortune then I would inquire. 
And leaving home, to Royal court I foi^ht ^ 
Where I did fell my fdf for yearly hire. 
And in the Princes garden daily wrought : 

There I beheld fuch vainnefs, as I never thought. 


With fight whereof foon cloyd, and long deluded 
With idle hopes, which them do entertain. 
After I had ten years my felf excluded 
From native home, and fpent my youth in vain, 
I 'gan my follies to my felf to plain. 
And this fweet peace, whofe lack did then appear. 
Tho back returning to my fheep again, 
I from thenceforth have learned to love more dear 

This lowly quiet life, which I inherit here. 


Whilft thus he ulkt, the Knight with greedy care 
Hung dill upon his melting mouth attent ; 
Whofe fenfetul words empierc'd his heart fo near, 

{ That he was wrapt with double ravifliment, 
, Both of his fpeech that wrought him great content, 
And alfo of the objeA of his view. 
On which his hungry eye was always bent ; 
That 'twixt his pleafing tongue, and her fair hue, 

He loft himfelf, and like one half entranced grew. 


Yet to occafion means, to work his mind. 
And to infinuate his hearts defire. 
He thus reply'd ; Now furely Sire I find. 
That ail this worlds gay (hows, which we admire. 
Be but vain fhadows to this fate retire 
Of life, which here in lowlincfs ye lead, 
Fearlefs of foes, or Fortunes wrackful ire. 
Which toffcth ftates, and under foot doth tread 

The mighty ones, afraid of ^v^ry changes dread : 

Canto IX. T H E F A 1 R Y QU E.E N. 413 


That even I which dsiily do behold 

The glory of the greats mongft whom I wonne % 

And now have prov*d> what happinefs ye hold ' 

In this fmall plot of your dominion. 

Now loath great Lordfliip and ambition ; 

And wifli the heavens fo much had graced me. 

As grant me live in like condition i 

Or that my fortunes might tranfporfed be 

From pitch o£ higher place, unto this low degree. 


In vsun, iaid then old MHiba^ do men 
The heavens of their fortunes fault accufe ; 
Stth they know beft, what is the beft for them : 
For they to each fuch fortune do diffuie^ 
As they do know each can moft aptly ufe. 
For not that which men covet moft, is beft. 
Nor that thing worft, which men do moft refufe : 
But fitt^ft is, that all contented reft 

With that they hold : each hath his fortune in his breaft. 

It is the mind that maketh good or ill. 
That maketh wretch or happy, rich or poor : 
For fome, that hath abundance at his will. 
Hath ootehoiigh, but* wants in greateft ftorc; 
And other,; that hath-littie, aiks no more^ 
But ia .that little is both rich and wife. 
For wifdom is moft jtiches ; Fools therefore 
They aoe, which fortunes do by vows devile, 

Sitheach unto.himfelf his life may fortunife. 


Since then in eaeh mans felf, faid Calidore^ 
It is, to faihton hijs own lifes eftate. 
Give leave awhile, good Father, in this Ihore 
To reft my bark, which hath been beaten late 
With ftorms of fortune and tempeftuous fate. 
In feas of troubles and of toilfom pain -, 
That whether quite from them for to retrate 
I (hall refolve, or back to turn again, 

I may here with yourfelf fome fmall repofc obtain. 



Not that the burden of to bold a gueft 

Shall cbargeful be, or change to you at all } 
For your mean food (hall be my daily feaft. 
And this your cabin both my bowre and halL 
BefideSf for recompence hereof, I Ihall 
You well reward, and golden guerdon give. 
That may perhaps you better much withally 
And in this quiet make you fafer live. 

So forth he drew much gold, and toward him it drive* ' 


But the good man, nought tempted with die ofictt 
Of his rich mould, did thruit it far away. 
And thus befpake ; Sir Knight, your bounteous proftr 
Be far from me, to whom ye ill difplay 
That mucky ma(s, the caufe of mens decay, 

^ That mote empair my peace with dangers dcead. 
But if ye algates covet to afiay 
This limple fort of life, that Shepherds lead, 

Bfe it your own : our rudenefs to your fdf artKi 


So there that night Sir CaUd^e did dwell. 
And long while after, whilft him lift remna. 
Daily beholding the fair Pafhtell^ 
And feeding on the bait of his own bane* 
During which time, he did her entertain 
With all kind courtefies, he could invent |r 
And every day her company to gain. 
When to the fidd (he went, he with her went : 

So for to quench his fire, he did it more augment. 


But fhe that never had acquainted been 
With fuch queint ufage, fit for Queens and Kings, 
Ne ever had fuch knightly fervicefeen 

, (But being bred under bafe Shepherds wk)gs. 
Had ever learnM to love the lowly things) 
Did little whit regard his courteous guite : 
But cared more for CoUns carolings 
Than all that he could do, or cvV devife : 

His lays, his loves, his looks ihe did (hem all defpift. 



Which Catidore perceiving, thought it beft 
To change the manner of his lofty look ; - 
And doffing his bright arms, himfelf addreft 
In (hepherds weed, and in his hand he took, 
Inftead of fteel-head fpeair, a Shepherds hook j 
That who had feen him then, would have bethought 
On Phrygian Paris by Plexippus brdok. 
When he the love of fair Oenone fought. 

What time the golden apple was unto hitn brought. ' 


So being clad, unto the fields he went 
With the fair Pajiorella every day. 
And kept her fheep with diligent attent. 
Watching to drive the ravenous Wolf away. 
The whilft at pleafure fhe motie fport and play ; 
And every evening helpirtg them to fold : 
And otherwhiles ror meed, he did afTay 
In his ftrong hand their rugged teats to hold. 

And oiit of them taprefs the milk : Love fo much coutd. 


Which feeing Cmdon^ who her likewifc 

Long time had lov*d, and hop'd her love to gain. 
He much was troubfed at that ilr^ngers. guife. 
And many jealous thoi!ights conceiv'd in vain. 
That this of all his liabour and long pain 
Should reap the harveft, ere it ripenM were ; 
That niade him fcoul, and pout, and oft complain 
Of Paftorell to all the Shepherds there. 

That Ihe did love a ftranger fwain than him more deaf. 


And ever when he came in company. 

Where Calidare was prefcnt, he would lour. 
And bite his lip, and eVen for jealoufic 
Was ready oft his own heart to. devour. 
Impatient of any Paramour : 
Who on the other fide did fcem fo far 
From malicing, or grudging his good hour. 
That all he could, he graced him with her, 

Nc ever (hewed fign of rancour or of jarr. 

4i6 TriE FAlRV QUEEN. BodfcVI. 


And oft when Goridm unto her brought 
Or little Sparrows, ftolen from their neft. 
Or wanton Squirrels, in the woods far fought^ 
Or other dainty thing for her addreft ; 
He would commend his gift, and make the bed i 
Yet fhe no whit his prdfents did regard^ 
Ne him could find to fabcy in her bi'ealt : 
This new-come Shepherd had his market mard. 

Old love is little worth, when new is more prefcr'd* 


One day whenas the Shepherd fwains together 
Were met, to make their fports and meriy glee. 
As they are wont in fair fun-fhiny weather. 
The whiles their flocks in fhadows (hrouded be^ 
They fell to dance : Then did they all agree. 
That Colin Qoui fhould pipe, as one mod fit ji 
And Calidare fhould lead the ring, as he 
That mofl in Pafiorellas grace did fit* 

Thereat frownM Cmdon^ and his lip dofely bif. 


But CaUderej of courteous inclination. 
Took CoriJoHy and fet him in his plaee^ 
That he fhould lead the dance, as was his fkfhlon ) 
For Coridon could dance, and trimly trace. 
And whenas Pafiarella^ him to grace« 
Her flowry girlond took from her own head. 
And plac'd on his, he did it foon difplace. 
And did it put on Coridons inflead : 

Then Coridon wox frolick^ that earft feemed dead« 


Another time, whenas they did difpofe 
To praAice games, and maifleries to try^ 
They for their Judge did Pajlorella cholc % 
A girlond was the meed of vidory. 
There Cotidon^ forth flepping openly. 
Did challenge Calidore to wreftling game i 
For he through long and perfe6t induftry. 
Therein well praflis'd was, and in the fame ffhaitie* 

Thought fure t*avenge his grudge, and work hi3 foe great 



But Calidcre he greatly did miftake \ 

For he was ftrong and mightily ftifFpight, 
That with one fall his neck he ftlm^oft brake : 
And had he not upon him fallen light. 
His deareft joint he fure had broken quight. 
Then was the oaken crown by Paftarel 
Given to Calidore^ as hi$ due right ^ 
But he that did in courtefte excdl. 

Gave it to Condon^ and faid he won it well. 


Thus did the gentle Knight himfelf abear 
Amongft that ruftick rout in ail his deeds^ 
That even they the which his rivals Were» 
Could not malign him, but commend him needs : 
For courtefie amopgil the rudeft breeds 
Good will and favour. So it furely wrought 
With this fair Maid, and in her mind the feeds 
Of perfc6l love did fow, that laft forth brought 

The fruit of joy and blifs, though long time dearly bought* 


Thus CaUdore continuM there lonjg time, 1 

To win the love of the fair PaJiorel\ 
Which having got, he ufed without crime 
Or blameful blot *, but mens^ed fo well, 
That he of all the reft, which there did dwell. 
Was favoured, and to her grace commended. 
But what ftrange fortunes unto him befell. 
Ere he attained the point by him intended. 

Shall more conveniently in other place be ended. 

Vot. IL D d 

41^ T H£ T-Al R Y QU E E N. Book VI. 


Calidore fees the Graces dance^ 

^0 Colins melody ? 
The whiles bis Paftorel is led 

Into capsivitj. 


Who now docs follow the foul Blatant Beqft^ 
Whilft CaUdore does follow that fair Maid, 
Unmindful of his vow and high behead:. 
Which by the Fairy Queen was on him laid. 
That he Ihould never leave, nw be delay'd 
From chafing him, till he had it atchiev'd ? 
But now entrapt of love, which him betray 'd. 
He mindeth more, how he may be relieved [griev'd, 

With grace from her, whofe love his heart hath fore en- 


That from henceforth he means oo more to fue 
His former queft, fo full of toil and pain ; 
Another queft, another game in view 
He hath, the guerdon of his Love to gain ; 
With whom he minds for ever to remain. 
And fet his reft amongft the ruftick fort. 
Rather than hunt ftill after fhadows vain 
Of courtly favour, fed with light report^ 

Of every blaft, and failing always in the port. 


Nc certes mote he greatly blamed be. 
From fo high ftcp to ftoop unto fo low. 
For who had tafted once (as oft did he) 
The happy peace, which there doth overflow. 
And prov'd the pcrfeft pleafures which do grow 
Amongft poor Hinds, in hills, in woods, in dales, 
Would never more delight in painted Ihow 
Of fuch falfe blifs, as there is fet for ftales, 

T'entrap unwary Fools in their eternal bales. 



For what hath alf that goodly glorious gaze 
Like to one fight, which Calidore did view > 
The gtance whereof their dimmed eyes would daze> 
That never more they fhould endure the fhew 
Of that fun-(hine, that makes them look aikew : 
Ne ought in all that world of beauties rare 
(Save only Ghrianas heavenly hue, 
To' which what can compare ?) can it compare ; 

The which, as cometh now by courfe, I will declare, 


One day as he did range the fields abroad, 
Whilft his fair Pajiorella was elfewhere. 
He chanc'd to come, far from all peoples troad. 
Unto a place, whofe pleafance did appear 
To pafs all others, on the earth which were : 
For all that ever was by natures skill 
Deviz'd to work delight, was gathered there. 
And there by her were poured forth at fill. 

As if this to adorn, (he all the reft did pill. 


It was an hill, plac'd in an open plain. 

That round about was bordered with a wood. 

Of matchlefs height, that feem'd th'earth to difdain \ 

In which all trees of honour ftately ftood, 

And did all winter as in fummer bud, 

Spreading pavilions for the birds to bowre. 

Which in theij lower branches fung aloud, 

And in their tops the foaring Hawk did towre. 

Sitting like King of Fowls, in majefty and powre. 


And at the foot thereof, a gentle flood 
His filver waves did foftJy tumble down, 
Unmar'd with ra^ed mofs or filthy mud ; 
Ne mote wild beafts, ne mote the ruder clown 
Thereto approach, ne filth mote therein drown : 
But Nymphs and Fairies by the banks did fie. 
In the woods fiiade, which did the waters crownr. 
Keeping all noifome things away from it, 

And to the waters fail tuning their accents fit. 

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And on the topJthereof a fpacious plain 
Did fpDead it felf, to ferve to all delight, 
Either to dance, when they to dance would faio^ 
* Or elfc to courfe about their bafes light ; 
Ne ought there wanted, which for pleafure might 
Defired be, or thence to banilh bale : 
So pleafantty the hill, with equal height. 
Did feem to over-look the lowly vale ; 
Therefore it rightly cleeped was mount JcidaU. 

They fay that Venus^ when (he did difpofe 
Her felf to pleafance, ' ufed to refort 
Unto this place, and therein to repofe 
And reft her felf as in a gladfome port. 
Or with the Graces there to play and Iport ^ 
, That even her own Cy thcron, though in it 
She ufcd mod to keep her roy^l court. 
And in her foveraine Majefty to fit. 
She in regard hereof refused and thought unfit. 

Unto this place whenas the Elfin Knigbt 

Approacht, him feemed that the merry found 
Or a (hrill pipe he playing heard on height. 
And many feet faft thumping th'hoUow ground,. 
I'hat through the woods their Eccho did r(2.I;)oi)nd. 
He nigher drew, to weet what mote it be; 
There he a troop of Ladies dancing found 
Full merrily, and making gladful glee. 
And in the midll a Shepherd piping he did fee. 

He durft not enter into th*open green. 
For dread of them unwares to be defcride. 
For breaking of their dance, if he were feen ; 
But in the covert of the wood did bide. 
Beholding all, yet of them unefpy'd. 
There he did fee, that plcafcd much his fight. 
That even he himfelf his eyes envy'd. 
An hundred naked maidens lilly white, 
All ranged in a ring, and dancing in delight. 

Canto X. THE FAIRY Q^UEEN, , 421 


All they without were ranged in a ring. 

And danced round ; but in the midft of them 
Three other Ladies did both dance and fing. 
The whilft the reft them round about did hem, 
And like a gtrlond did in compafs ftem : 
And in the midft of thofe fame there was plac'd 
Another Damfc], as a precious gem 
Amidft a ring moft richly well enchacM, 

That with her goodly prefence all the reft much graced. 

XIII. * 

Look how the crown which Ariadne wore . - 

Upon her ivory forehead that fame day 
That Tbefeus her unto his bridale bore 
(When the bold Centaur^ s made that bloody fray 
With the fierce Lapitbes which did them difmay) 
Being now placed in the firmament. 
Through the bright heaven doth her beams difplay. 
And is unto the Stars an ornament. 

Which round about her move in order excellent : 


Such was the beauty of this goodly band, 
Whofe fundry parts were here too long to tell : 
But (he that in the midft of them did ftand, . 
Seem'd all the reft in beauty to excell, 
Crown'd with a rofie girlond, that right well 
Did her befeem. And ever, as the crew 
About her danc'd, fweet flowres that far did finell. 
And fragrant odours they upon her threw ; 

But moft of all, thofe three did her with gifts endew. 


Thofe were the Graces, daughters of delight. 
Handmaids of Venus^ which are wont to haunt 
Upon this hill, and dance there day and night : 
Thofe three to men all gifts of grace do grant \ 
And all, that Venus in herfelf doth vaunt. 
Is borrowed of them. But that fair one, 
That in the midft was placed paravant. 
Was Ihe to whom that Shepherd pip*d alone. 

That made him pipe fo meri-ily, aa never none* 

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She was to weet that jolly Shepherds Lafs, 
Which piped there unto that merry rout : 
That jolly Shepherd, which there piped^ was 
Poor Colin Clout ('who knows not Colin Clout ? ) 
He pip'd apace, whilft they him daunc*d about. 
Pipe jolly Shepherd, pipe thou now apace 
Unto thy Love, that made thee low to lout ; 
Thy Love is prcfent there with thee in place. 

Thy Love is there advaunc'd to be another Grace. 
• XVII. 

Much wondred Calidare at this ftrange fight, 
Whofe like before his eye had never feen : 
And {landing long aftonifhed in fpright,^ 
And rapt with pl^afance, wift not what to ween i 
Whether it were the train of beauties Queen, 
Or Nymphs, or Fairies, or enchanted fhow. 
With which his eyes mote have deluded been. 
Therefore refolving, what it was to know, 

Out of the wood he rofe, and toward them did go. 


But foon as he appeared to their view. 
They vaniflit all away out of his fight. 
And clean were gone, which way he never knew j 
All fave the Shepherd, who for fell defpight 
Of that difpleafure, broke his bag-pipe quite. 
And made great moan for that unhappy turn. 
But Calidore^ though na lefs fbrry wJght, 
For that mi(hap, yet feeing him to mourn, 

Prew near, that he the truth of all by him mote learn. 


And firft him greeting, thus unto him fpake ; 
Hail jolly Shepherd, which thy joyous days 
Here leadcft in this goodly merry-make, 
Frecjuented of thefe gentle Nymphs always. 
Which to thee flock, to hear thy lovely lays i 
Tell me, what mote thefe dainty Damfels be. 
Which here with thee do make their pleafant plays ? 
Right happy thou, that maytt them freely fee : 

But why, when I them faw, fled they away from me ? 


Hoc I To happy, anfwer'd then that fwain, .7 

As thou unhappy, which them thence didft chace. 
Whom by no means thou puift recall again. 
For being gone, none can them bring in place. 
But whom they of chemfelves lift fo to grace., 
Right forry I, faid then Sir Calidore^ 
That my ill fortune did ^em hence difplace. 
But fince things pafled none may now reftore, 

Tellme,what were they all,whofe lack theegrieves^fo fore.^ 


Tho *gan that Shepherd thus for to dilate *, ^<^ 

Then wote thou Shepherd, whatfoere thou be. 
That all thoTe Ladies, which thou faweft late. 
Are Venus Damfels, all within her fee^ 
But differing in honour and degree : 
They all are Graces which on her depend, 
Befides a thoufand more, which ready be 
Her to adorn, whenfo fhe forth doth wend : 

But thofe three in the midft do chief on her attend. 


They are the daughters of fky-ruling Jirue^ 
By him begot of fair Eurynomey 
The Oceans daughter, in this pleafant grove. 
As he this way coming from feaftful glee 
Of Thetis wedding with Mcidee^ 
In fummers fhade himfelf here refted weary. 
The firft of them hight mild Ektpbrojyne^ 
Next fair AgUua^ laft Thalia merry, 

.Sweet Goddeifes all three which me in mirth do cherry. 


Thefe three on men all gracious gifts beftow. 
Which deck the body or adorn the mind. 
To make them lovely or well-favour'd (how : 
As comely carriage, entertainment kind. 
Sweet femblant, friendly offices that bind. 
And all the compliments of courtefft : 
They teach us, how to each degree and kind 
We ftiould our felves demean, to low, to high ; 

To friends, to foes : which ifkill^ men^call civility. 

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Therefore they always fmoothly fccm to fmilc^ 
That we likewiie fliould mild and gentle be ; ^ 
And alfo naked are, that without guile 
Or falfe difleaiblance all them plain may fee. 
Simple and uuc from covert malice free : 
And eke themfclves fo in their dance they bocc^ 
That two of them ftill forward feem'd to be» 
But one ftili towards ihew'd herfelf afore; 

That good fiiould from us go, then come in greater ilore# * 


Such were thofe Goddeiies, which ye did fee ; . 

But that fourth Maid> which there amidft them tracM, 

Who, can aread, what creature mote ihe be. 

Whether a creature or a Goddels grac'd 

With heavenly gifts from heaven firfi enrac'd ? 

But whatfo fure (he was, ihe worthy was 

To be the fourth, with thofe three other placM : 

Yet was Qie certes but a country Lafs, 

Yet (he all other country Lafles far did pafs. 


So far as doth the daughter of the day. 
All other lefier lights in light excell. 
So far doth (he in beautiful array 
Above all other Lades bear the bell : 
Ne lefs in vertuc that befeems her well. 
Doth ihe exceed the reft of all her race ; 
For which, the Graces that here wont to dwell. 
Have for more honour brought her to this place, . 

And graced her fo much to be another Grace. 


Another Grace (Ke well deferves to be, 
\n whom fo many graces gathered are,. 
Excelling much the mien of her degree ; 
Divine refcmblance, beauty foveraine rare. 
Firm cha(lity, that fpight ne blemifh dare ; 
All which (he with fuch courtefie doth grace> 
That all her Peers cannot with her compare, 
But.quite are dimmed, when (he is in place. 

She made me. often pipe and now to pipe apace. 

CanioX. THE FAIRY QtJEEN/ 425 


Sun of the world, great glory of the Iky, 
That all the earth doft lighten with thy rays^ 
Great Glorianaj greateft Majefty, 
Pardon thy Shepherd 'mong fo many lays. 
As he hath fung of thee in all his days. 
To make one minime of thy poor handmaid. 
And underneath thy feet to place her praife ; 
That when thy glory (hall be far difplaid 

To future age, of her this mention may be made. 


When thus that Shepherd ended* had his ipeech. 
Said Calidore ; Now fure it irketh me. 
That to thy hlifs I made this iuckiefs breach. 
As now the author of thy bale to be. 
Thus to bereave thy Loves daar fight from thee : 
But gentle Shepheid pardon thou my ihame. 
Who raflily fought that which I mote not fee. 
Thus did the courteous Knight excufe his blame^ 

And to recomfort^him, all comely means did frame. 

XXX. . 

In fuch difcourfes they together fpent 
Long time, as fit occafion forth them led ; 
With which, the Knight himfelf did much content. 
And with delight his greedy fancy fed. 
Both of his words, which he with reafon read ; 
And alfo of the place, whofe pleafures rare 
With fuch regard his fenfes ravifhed; 
That thence he had no will away to fare. 

But wifht,that with thatShepherd he mote dwelling (hare • 


But that envenom'd fting, the which of yore. 
His pois'nous point deep fixed in his heart 
Had left, now 'gan afrelh to rankle fore. 
And to renew the rigour of his fmart : 
Which to recure, no (kill of Leaches art 
Mote him avail, but to return again 
To his wounds worker, that with lovely dart 
Dinting his breaft, had bred his reftlefs pain. 

Like as the wounded Whale to ihore Hies from the main« 


So taking leave of that fame gentle fwain» 

He back returned to bis niftick wonne^ 

Where his fair Pa/hrella did remain : 

To whom in fort> as he at firft begun. 

He daily did apply himfelf to done 

All dueful fervice, void of thoughts impure : 

Ne any pains ne peril did he Aiun, 

By which he might her to his love allure. 
And liking in her yet untamed heart procure. 

And evermore the Shepherd Caridan^ 

Whatever thing he did to her aggrate. 

Did drive to match, with ftrong contentioB» 

And all his pains did clofely emulate^ 

Whether it were to carol, as they fate 

Keeping their flieep, or games to exercife, 
' Or to prefent her with their Jabours late \ 

Through which if any grace chanc'd to arife 
To him, the Shepherd ftraight with jealoufie did ftize, 


One day, as they all three together went 
To the green wood, to gather ibrawberies. 
There chanc'd to them a dangerous accident ; 
A Tiger forth out of the wood did rife. 
That with fell claws full of fierce gormandize. 
And greedy mouth, wide gaping like helUgate, 
Did run at Paftorelj her to furprize : 
Whom fhe beholding, now all defolate 

Gan cry to chem aloud, to help her all too late. 


Which Coridon firft hearing, ran in hafte 
To refcue her : But when he faw the Fiend» 
Through coward fear he fled away as faft, 
Ne durft abide the danger of the end ; 
His life he fteemed dearer than his friend^ 
But CaHdore foon coming to her aid 
When he the beaft faw ready now to rend 
His Loves dear fpoil, in which his heart was prey'd. 

He ran at him enrag'd, inftead of being fray'd. 


Canto X. THE FAIRY QUEEN. 427 


He had no weap6n, but bis Shepherds hook. 
To ferve the vengeance of his wrathful will $ 
With which fo fternly he the monfter ftrook^ 
That to the around aftoniihed he fell : 
Whence ere he could recover, he did him quell ; 
And hewing off his head, he it prefented 
Before the feet of the fair Pafiorel ; 
Who fcarcely yet from former fear exempted, [cd. 

A thoufand times him thankt,that had her death prevent- 


From that day forth ihe 'gan him to affe£k. 
And daily more her favour to augment ; 
But Condon^ for cowardice reject. 
Fit to keep fheep, unfit for loves content : f 
The gentle heart fcorns bafe difparagement. 
Yet Calidore did not defpiie him quite. 
But us'd him friendly for further intent. 
That by his fellowfhip, he colour might 

Both his eftate, and love, from (kill of any wight. 


So well he woo'd her, and fo well he wrought her. 
With humble fervice, and with daily fute. 
That at the laft unto his will he brought her ; 
Which he fo wifely well did profecute. 
That of his love he reapt the timely fruit. 
And joyed long in clofe felicity \ 
Till Fortune fraught with malice, blind, and brute^ 
That envies Lovers long profpcrity. 

Blew up a bitter ilorm of foul adverlity. 


It fortuned one day, when Calidore 

Was hunting in the woods (as was his traded 

A lawlefs people, Brigants hight of yore. 

That never us*d to live by plough nor fpade. 

But fed on fpoil and booty, which they made 

Upon their neighbours, which did nigh them border, 

The dwelling of thefe Shepherds did invade. 

And fpoild their houfes, and themfelves did murder. 

And drove away their flocks with other much dilbrder. 

4a8 THE FAIRY QJJE en; Book VI. 


^mongft the reft, the which they then did prcj. 
They fpoild old Meliba of all he had) 
And all his people captive led away ; 
Mongft ^hich this lucklefs Maid away was lad. 
Fair P^^tUa^ forrowful and fad, 
Moft forrowful, moft fad, that ever figh't. 
Now made the fpoil of thieves and Briganis bad. 
Which was the conqueft of the gentkfl Knight 

That ever liv'd, and th'only glory of his might. 


With them alfo was taken Coruiony 

And carry*d captive by thofe thieves away ; 
Who in the covert of the night, that none 
Mote them dcfcry, nor refcue from their prey. 
Unto their dwelling did them clofe convey. 
Their dwelling in a little Ifland was, 
Cover'd with ihrubby woods, in which np way 
Appeared for people in nor out to pafs, 

Nor any footing find tor over-growen grafs. 


For underneath the ground their way was made, 
Through hollow caves, that no man mote difcover 
For the thick ihrubs, which did them all ways fhade 
From view of living wight, and covered over: 
But darknefs dradand daily night did hover. 
Through all the inner parts, wherein they dwelt. 
Ne lighted was with window, nor with lover. 
But with continual candle-light, which- dealt 

A doubtful fenfe of things, not fo well feen, as felt. 


Hither thofe Brigants brought their prefcnt prey. 
And k^pt them with continual watch and ward ; 
Meaning fo foon, as they convenient may. 
For (laves to fell them for no fmall reward. 
To merchants which them kept in bondage hard. 
Or fold again. Now when fair Paftorel^ 
Into this place was brought and kept with guard 
Of griefly thieves, (he thought hcrfelf in hell, [dwell. 

Wherewith fuch damned Fiends (he Ihould io darknefi 



But for to tell the doleful dreariment, 

And, pitiful complaints which there (he made 
(Where day arid. night ifae mmght did but lament 
Fler wretched tile, (hut up in deadly (hade. 
And w^ftc. her goodly beauty, which did fade 
Like to a flowre that feels no heat of fun. 
Which Hfiay her feeble leaves with cqmfort glade) 
And what- befell her in that thievJfh wonne. 

Will iq anothd: auito better be begun^ 

ll H II I I ■ ^ I I I AwymJ^, 


• f • 

The thieves fall out for Paftorel, 

ff^Mleft MtYihoQ is flain : 
Her^ Calidore from, them redeems^ 

And bringetb back again. 


The joys of Love, if chef fliouid ever l«ll« 
Withomi: afflidbon or difquietnefs. 
That worldly chances do amongft them eaft^ 
Would be qA earth too great a bieflednef), 
Liker to heavea than mortal wrecchedneA. 
Therefocp the winged-God, to let men woet» 
That here on earth i9 no ^re happineis, 
A thoufand fours hath tempred ^^ith one fweet^ 
To. make itibem naore dear aod dainty, as is mieet. 


Like as is now^faefaln to this fair Maid, 
Fair Paftord^ of whom is now my fong : 
Who beiqg now in dreadful darknefs laid, 
Amongd thole thieves, which her in bondage ftrong 
Detaind^ yet Fortune, not with all this wrong 
Contented, greater mifchief on her threw. 
And forrpws beapt on her in greater throng ; 
That whofo hiears her heavincfs, would rue. 

And pity hi:r fad plight, fo chang'd from pleaiant hue. . 



Whilft thus fhe in thde hcUiih dens remain'd^ 
Wrapped in wretched cares and hearts unreft,. 
It (o befell (as Fortune had ordain'd^ 
That he, which was their Capitain profeft. 
And had the chief command of all the reft» 
One day as he did all his prifoners view. 
With luftful eyes btheld that lovely gueft. 
Fair Paftorelk ; whofe fad mournful hue 

Like the fair morning clad in mifty f(^ did fhcwy 

IV. • 

At fight whereof his barbarous heart was fir*d. 
And inly burnt with flames moft raging hot» 
That her alone he for his part defir'd. 
Of all the other prey which they had got. 
And her in mind did to himfelf allot. 
From that day forth he kindnefs to her (how'd. 
And fought her love, by all the means he mote; 
With looks, with words, with gifts be oft her woo'd^ 

And mixed threats among, and much unto her vow'd. 


But all that ever he could do or fay. 

Her conftant mind could not a whit remow. 
Nor draw unto the lure of his lewd lay. 
To grant him favour, or afford him love. 
Yet ceaft he not to fue and all ways prove. 
By which he mote accoihpliih his requeft^ 
Saying and doing all that mote behove : 
Ne day nor night he fufired her to reft. 

But her all night did watch, and all the day moleft. . 


At lafl:, when him flie (o importune faw. 
Fearing left he at length the reins would lend 
Unto his luft, and make his will his law, 
Sith in his powre fhe was to foe or friend \ 
She thought it beft, for ihadow to pretend 
Some (hew of favour, by him gracing fmailj 
That (he thereby mote either freely wend. 
Or at more eafe continue there his thrall ; 

A little well is lent that gaineth more withaU. 



So from thenceforth, when love he to her made. 
With better terms (he did him entertain: 
Which gave him hope, and did him half perfuade. 
That he in time her joyance fhoold obtain. 
But when (he faw through that fmall favours gain' 
That further than Ihc wilting was» he prcft ; 
She found no means to bar him, but to feign 
A fuddain ficknefs, which her fore oppref):. 

And made unfit to ferve his lawlefs minds beheft. 


By means wher^dl^ ihe would not httt) permit 
Once to approach to her in privity. 
But only *mong8: the reft by her to fit. 
Mourning the rigour of her malady. 
And feeking all things meet for remedy* 
But (he refolvV) no remedy to find. 
Nor better chear to fticw in mifery. 
Till Fortune would her captive bonds unbind. 
Her ficknefs was not of the bodyi but the mind. 


During which fpace that (he thus tick did lye. 
It chaunc'd a fort of merchants which were wont 
To skim thofe coafts, fgr bondmen there to buy, - 
And by fuch trafiick after gains to hunt. 
Arrived in this Ifle (though bare and blunt, 
T'inquire for (laves ; where being ready met 
By fome of thefe fame thieves at th* inftant brunts 
Were brought unto their Captain, who was fet 

By his fair patients fide with forrowful regret« 


To whom they fliewed, how thofe merchants were 
Arrived in ^ace, their bondflaves for to buy. 
And therefore prayd, that thofe fame captives there 
Mote to them for their moft commodity 
Be fold, and 'mongft them (hared equally. 
This their requeft the Captain much appallM ; 
Yet could he not their juft demands deny. 
And willed ftraighc the (laves (houid forth be call'd, 

And foki for moft advantage not to be fovftall'd. 



Then forth the good old Melihee was brought, > 

And Coridon^ with many other mo*e. 
Whom tbef before in diverfe ipoils had caught f 
All which he to the merchants fale did (how ; 
Till fome^ which did the fundry prifoners know, 
'Gan to inquire for that fair Shepherdefs, 
Which with the itH they took not long ago. 
And *gan her form and feature tp exprefs. 

The more t'augment her price, through praife of comlinels. 


To whom the Captain in full angry wize 

Made anfwer, that the Maid of whom they (pake. 
Was his owt) purcbafe and his only prize : 
With which none hi^d to do> ne ought partake. 
But he himfelf which did that conaueft make; 

. Little for him to have one fiily Lafs : 
Befides, through ficknefs now fo waa and wedt,- 
That nothii^ meet ia merchandife to pais. ^ 

So fiiewM thiun her, toproye how pale afid weak (be wa$. 


The fight of whom^ though now decayed, atKl mac^ily . 
And eke but hardly fcea by candle-lig^t : 
Yet like a diamond of rich regard. 
In doubtful Ihadow of the darkfooie night» 
With ftarry beams about her (hining bijght,^ 
Thefe merchants fixed eyes did fo ama;^. 
That what through wonder, and what through deligto. 
Awhile on her they greedily did gaze» 

And did h^r greatly like, and did her greatly praife. 


At iaft, when all the reft them offred Wf re, 
And prices to them placed at their pleafure. 
They all refufed in regard of her, 
Ne ought would buy,, however pris'd with meafuret 
Withouten bcr> whofe worth above all treafure 
They did eftecm, and offred ftore of gold. 
But then the Captain fraught with more difpieafure. 
Bade them be ftill, his Love fliould not be fold : 
The reft take if they would, he her to him would hoId» 


Therewith, fome other of the chiefeit thieves 

Boldly^ him bade fuch injury forbear; 

For that fame Maid, however it him grieves. 

Should with the reft be fold before him thercj 

To make the prices of the reft more dear. 

That with great rage he ftoutly doth denay i 

And fiercely drawing forth his blade, doth fwear) \ 

That whofo hardy hand on her doth iay^ 
It dearly fhall aby, and death for handfel pay. 

Thus as they words amongft them multiply. 

They fall to ftrokes, the fruit of too much talk : 

And the mad fteel about doth fiercely By, 

Not fparing wight, ne leaving any balk. 

But making way for death at large to walk ; 

Who in the horrour of the griefly night. 

In thoufand dreadful fhapes doth 'mongft them ftalk^ 

And makes huge havock, whiles the candle-light 
Out quenched, leaves no skill nor difierence of wight. 

Like as a fort of hungry Dogs ymet 

About fome carcafs by the common way. 

Do fall together, ftriving each to get 

The greateft portion of the greedy prey ; 

All on confufed heaps themfelves allay, 

And foatch, and bice, and t^nd, and tug, and teari 

That who them fees, would wonder at their fray^ 

And who fees not, would be afraid to hear: 
Such was the conflidt of thofe cruel Briganis there. 

But firft of all, their captives they do kill, 

Left they (hould jdn againft the weaker fide^ 

Or rife againft the remnant at their will. 

Old Melibos is flain, and him befide 

His aged wife, with many others wide : 

ButCmdon^ efcaping craftily. 

Creeps forth of doors, whilft darknefs him doth hide. 

And flies away as faft as he can hie, 
Ne ftayeth leave to s^ke, before his friends do die. 

Vot. IL E e 



But PaftareUa^ woeful winched Elf, 
Was by the Captain all this while defended : 
Who minding more her fafety than hinxfelf. 
His target always over her pretended ^ 
By means whereof, that mote not be amended. 
He at the length was flatn, and laid on ground ; 
Yet holding faft 'twixc both his arms extended 
Fair Paftorel^ who with the felf fame wound 

Lanc'd through the arm^ &11 down with him in dreary 

XX. [fwound. 

There lay fbe covered with confufed preafe 
Of rc^rcai&s, which dying on her fell. 
Tho whenas he was dead, the fray 'gan ceafe. 
And each to other calling, did compell 
To flay their cruel hands from Qaughcer fell, 
Sith they that were the caufe of all, were gone. 
Thereto they all attonce agreed well. 
And lighting candles new, 'gan fearch anone. 

How many ot their friends were (lain, how many fone. 


Their Captain there they cruelly found kiU'd, 
And in his arms the dreary dying maid. 
Like a fweet Angel 'twixt two clouds upheld : 
Her lovely light was dimmed and decayed. 
With cloud of death upon her eyei difplay'd : 
Yet did the cloud make ev*n that dimmed light 
Seem much more lovely in tbatdarkner$ lay*d. 
And 'twixt the twinkling of her eye-lids, bright. 

To fpark out little beams^ like ftars in fogSf night. 


But when they mov*d the qarcafles afide. 
They found that life did yet in her remain : 
Then all their helps they bufily apply'd. 
To call the foul back to her home again ; 
And wrought fo well with labour and long pain, . 
That they to life recoycr*d her at laft. 
Who Aghing fore, as if her heart in twain 
Had riven been, and all her heart-ftrings brafl:. 

With dreary drooping eyn jookt up like, one aghaft. 



There (he beheld, that fore her griev'd to fce^ 
Her father and her friends about her lying. 
Her felf fole left, a fecond fpoil to be > 
Of thofe, that having faved her from dying. 
Renewed her death by timely death denying : 
What now is leit her buc to wail and weep. 
Wringing her hands, and raefully loud crying ? 
Ne cared Ihe her wound in tears to deep 

Albe witli all their might thofe BrigarUs her did keep. 


But "when they law her now reviv'd again. 
They left her fo, in charge of one the beft 
Of many worft, who wich unkind difdaia 
And cruel rigour her did much moleft \ 
Scarce yielding her due fodd, or timely reft. 
And fcarceiy fuffring her infeftred wound. 
That fore her pain*d, by any to be drcft. 
So leave we her in wretched thraldom bound. 

And turn we back to CaBddre^ where we him found. 


Who when he back returned, fbom the wood. 
And faw his .ihepherds cottage fpoiled quite. 
And his Love reft away, he wcxed wood, 
And half enraged at that rueful fight ; 
That ev'n his iicart for very fell defpight. 
And his own fleih he ready was to tear : 
He chauft, he griev'd, be fretted, and he figh'r. 
And fared like a furious. wild Bear, 

'WhoTc whelps are ftoln away, flie being other-where. 


Ne wight he found, to whom he might complain, 
Ne wight he found of whom he might enquire \ 
Tha; more increaft the anguifli of his pain. 
He fought the woods ; but no man could fee there : 
He fought the plains v but could no tidings hear. 
The woods did Thought but ecchoes vain rebound ^ 
The plains all wafte and empty did appear: 
Where wont the Shepherds oft their pipes rcfound. 

And feed an hundred flgcks, there oow not one he found. 

Ee 3. 



At lafl, as there he roamed up and down. 
He chanc'd one coming towards him to fpy. 
That feem'd to be fome forry fimple clown. 
With' ragged weeds, and locks up-flaring high. 
As if he did from fome late danger flie. 
And yet his fear did follow him behind : 
Who as he unto him approached nigh, 
He mote perceive by figns, which he did find, 
. That Ceridon it was» the filly Shepherds hind. 


Tho to him running fail, he did not flay 

To greet .him firft, but aikt where were the reft ^ 
Where Paftordf who full of frefli difmay, 
And guihing forthin tears, wasfooppreft. 
That he no word could fpeak, but fmit his breaft. 
And up to heaven his eyes faft ftreaming threw. 
Whereat the Knight amaz*d, yet did not reft. 
But afkt again, what meant that rueful hue : 

Where was his Pafterel ? where all the other crew ? 


Ah well away, faid he then fighing fcH-e, 
That ever I did live, this day to iki^ . 
This difmal day, and was not dead before. 
Before I faw fair Paftorelbi die. 
Die ? out alas thttiCalidoredxd cry \ 
How could the death dare ever her to quell ? 
But read diou Shepherd^' read what deftiny. 
Or other direful hap from, heaven or hell 

Hath wrought this wicked deed : Da fear away, and tell. 

. XXX. 

Tho when the Shepherd breathed had awhile. 
He thus began : Where fhail I then commence 
This woeful tale ? or how xhofe BrigantSKn'xic^ 
With cruel rage, and dreadful violence ' . . , . 
• Spoild all our cots,, and carried us from hence? 
Or how fair Pajiorel fhould have been fold 
To merchants, but was fav'd with ftrong defence ? 
Or how thofe thieves, whilft one fought her to hold. 

Fell all uc Qdds,.and fought through fury fierce and bold. 



In that fame confliA ('woe is me) befell 
This fatal chaunce, this doleful accident^ 
Whofe heavy tidings now I have to telL 
Firft all the captives which they here had hent, 
Were by them flain by general confeot ; 
Old MiUhce^ and his good wife withall 
Thefe eyes faw dye, and dearly did lament : 
But when the lot to Paftorel did fall. 

Their Captain long wichftood, and did her death forftall; 


But what could he 'gainft all them do alone ? 
It could not boot ; needs mote (he dye at laft : 
I only fcap'd through great confufion 
Of cries and clamours which amongft them paft. 
In dreadful darknefs, dreadfully aghaft ; 
That better were with them to have been dead. 
Than here to fee all defolate and waftc, 
Defpoiled of thofe joys and jollyhead 

Which with thofe gentle Shepherds here I wont to lead.' 


When CaSdore thefe rueful news had raught. 
His heart quite deaded was with anguifli great. 
And all his wits with dool were nigh diftraught ; 
That he his face, his head, his breaft did beat. 
And death it felf unto himfelf did threat ; 
Oft curling th'heavens, that fo cruel were 
To her, whofe name he often did repeat ; 
And wifhing oft that he were prefent there. 

When (he was Qain, or had been to her fuccour near. 


But after grief awhile had had bis courfe. 
And fpent it felf in mourning, he at laft 
Began to mitigate his fwelliog fource. 
And in his mind with better reafon cad. 
How he might fave her life, if life did laft ; 
Or if that dead, how he her death might wreak, 
Sith otherwife he could not mend thing paft ; 
Or if it to revenge he were too weak, 

Then for to dye with her, and his Ufes thread to break* 

Ee 3 



Tho Coridon he prayd, fith he well knew 
The ready way unto that thievifh wonnc. 
To wend with him, and be his conduS: true 
Unto the place, to fee what (hould be done. 
But he, whofe heart through fear was late fordonc» 
Would not for ought be drawn to former dreed ; 
But by all means the danger known did fliun : 
Yet CalidorCy fo well him wrought with meed. 

And fair befpoke with words, that he at laft agreed. 


So forth they go together (God before) 
Botb clad in Shepherds weeds agreeably^ 
And both with Shepherds hooks : But Catidore 
Had underneath him armed privily. 
Tho to the place when they approached nigh. 
They chaunc'd upon an hill, not far away. 
Some flocks of fheep and Shepherds to efpy \ 
To whom they both agreed to take their way. 

In hope there news to learn, how they mote beft ailay. 


There did they find, that which they did not fear. 
The felf fame flocks, the which thofe thieves had reft 
From Melibcs and from themfclves whylear. 
And certain of the thieves there by them left. 
The which for want of herds themfclves then kept. 
Right well knew Coridon his own late (heep. 
And feeing them, for tender pity wept : 
But when he faw the thieves which did them keep, 

His heart 'gan fail, albe he faw them all afleep. 


But Calidore recomforting his grief. 

Though not his fear : for nought may fear difliiade ^ 

Him hardly forward drew, whereas the thief 

Lay fleeping foundly in the bufhes (hade. 

Whom Coridon him counferd to invade 

Now all unwarcs, and take the fpoil away : 

But he, that in his mind had clofely made 

A further purpofe, would not them fo flay. 

But gently waking them, gave them the time of day. 




Tho fitdng down by them apon the green. 
Of fundry things he purpofe *gan to fain ; 
That he by them might certain tidings ween 
Of Pajhrd^ were (he alive or flain. 
*Mongft which the thieves them queftioned again. 
What mifter-men, and eke from whence they were< 
To whom they anfwer'd, as did appertain. 
That they were poor herd-grooms, the which whilere 

Had from their matters fled, and now fought hire elfe where. 


Whereof right glad they feem'd, and ofier made 
To hire them well, if they their flocks would keep : 
For they themfelves were evil grooms, they fatd^ 
Unwont with herds to watch, or pafture fheep. 
But to forray the Land, or fcour the deep. • 
Thereto they foon agreed, and earneft took. 
To keep their flocks for little hire and cheap : 
For they for better hire did (h<M'tly look r 

So there all day they bode, till light the fky foribok. 


Tho whenas towards darkfome night it drew, 

Upto their hellifh dens thofe thieves them brought \ 
Where (hortly they in great acquaintance grew» 
And all the fecrets of their entrails fought. 
There did they find (contrary to their thought) 
That Pajiord yet liv*d ; but all the refl 
Were dead, right fo as Coridm had taught : 
Whereof they Both full glad and blithe did reft. 

But chiefly Calidcre^ whom grief had moft po&ft. 


At length, when they occafion fitteft found. 
In dead of night, when all the thieves did reft 
After a late forray » and flept full found. 
Sir Calidare him arm'd, as he thought bcft. 
Having of late (by diligent inqueft) 
Provided him a fword of meaneft fort : 
With which he ftraight went to the Captains ncfl. 
But Coridon durft not with him confort, 

Ne durfl abide behind, for dread of worfe effort. 

Ee 4 



When to the cave they came, they found it fai^ : 
But Calidore^ with huge refiftlefs might. 
The doors aflailed, and the locks up-braft* 
With noife whereof the thief awaking light. 
Unto the entrance ran : Where the bold Knight 
Encountring him, with fmall refiftance flew ; 
The whiles fair Pajlorel through great afright 
Was almoft dead, mifdoubting left of new 

Some uproar were like that which lately (he did view. 


But whenas Calidorevrzs comen in, 
And 'gan aloud for Paftorel to call : 
Knowing his voice (although not heard long fin) 
She fuddain was revived therewithal!. 
And wondrous joy felt in her fpirits thrall : 
Like him that being long in tempeft toft; 
Looking each hour into deaths mouth to fall. 
At length, efpies at hand the happy coaft. 

On which he fafety hopes, that earft feard to be loft. 


Her gentle heart, that now long feafon paft 
Had never joyance felt, nor chearful thought. 
Began fome fmack of comfort new to tafte. 
Like lifeful heat to nummed fenfes brought. 
And life to feel, that long for death had fought : 
Ne lefs in heart rejoyced Caftdore 
When he her found ; but like to one daftraught 
And robb'd of reafon, toward^ her him bore, 

A thoufand times embrac'd, and kift a thoufand more. 


But now by this, with noife of late uproar, ^ 
The hue and cry was raifcd all about : 
And all the BrigantSy flocking in great ftore, 
Unto the cave 'gan preace, nought having doubt 
Of that was done, and entred in a rout. 
But Calidorcy in th'entry clofc did ftand. 
And entertaining them with courage ftout. 
Still flew the formoft that came firft to hand. 

So long, till all the entry was with bodies mand. 



Tho when no more could nigh to him approach, 
He breath'd his fword, and refted him till day : 
Which when he fpy'd upon the earth t'encroach. 
Through the dead carcalles he made his way ; 
'^ongfl which he found a fword of better fay. 
With which he forth went into th*open light ; 
Where all the reft for him did ready ftay. 
And fierce aflfailing him with all their might, 

'Gan all upon him lay : there 'gan a dreadful fight, 


How many flies in hotteft fummers day 

' Do feize upon fome beaft, whofe fiefh is bare. 
That all the place with fwarms do over-lay. 
And with their little fiings right felly fare ; 
So many thieves about him fwarming are. 
All which do him aflail on every fide, , 

And fore opprefs, ne any him doth fpare : 
But he doth with his raging brond divide 

Their thickeft troops, and round about him fcattreth wide. 


Like as a Lion 'mongft an herd of Deer, 
Difperfeth them to catch his chotceft prey ; 
So did he fiy amongft them here and there. 
And all that near him came, did hew and flay. 
Till he had ftrow'd with bodies all the way ; 
That none his danger daring to abide. 
Fled from his wrath, and did themfelvcs convey 
Into their caves, their heads from death to hide, 

Ne any left, that vidlory to him envide. 


Then back returning to his dearcfl: Dear, 
He her *gan to recomfort all he might. 
With gladful fpeeches, and with lovely chear ; 
And forth her bringing to the joyous light. 
Whereof ftie long bad iackt the wifliful fight, 
Deviz*d all goodly means, from her to drive 
The fad remembrance of her wretched plight. 
So her uneath at laft he did revive, 

That long had lien dead, an(^ made again alive. 

4^42 THE FAIRY QlXEEN. BookVp 


This docn, into thofe thicvifh dciw he Wfcnf, 
And thence did all the fpoils and treafures ukc. 
Which they from ipany long had robb*d and rent, 
But fortune now the Viftors meed did make 5 
Of which the beft he did his Love betake; 
And alfo all thofe flocks, which they before 
Had reft from Meliba^y and from his Mak«, 
He did them all to Coridan reftore. 

So drove them all away, and his Love with him bore. 



Fair Paftorella, iy great bap^ 

Her parents under/lands : 
Galidore doth the Blatant Beaft 

Subdue^ and bind in bands. 


Like as a (hip, that through the Ocean wide 
DireAs her courfe unto one certain coaft. 
Is met of many a counter*wind and tide; 
With which her winged fpecd is let and croft> 
And (he herfclf in ftormy furges toft \ 
Yet making many a board, and many a bay. 
Still winneth way, ne hath her compafs loft : 
Right fo it fares with me in this long way. 

Whole courfe is often ftaid, yet never is aftray. 


For all that hitherto hath long delaid 

This gentle Knight, from (ueing his firft queft. 
Though out of courfe, yet hath not been mif-faid. 
To (hew the courtcfie by him profeft, 
Evccf unto the loweft and the leaft. 
But now I come into my courfe again, 
To his atchievement of the Blatant Beaft ; 
Who all this while at will did range and^eign, 

Whilft none was him to ftop, oor none him to rcftraini 



Sir Calidorey when thus he now had raught 
Fair Paftorella from thofe Brigants powre, 
ynto the caftlc of Belgard her brought. 
Whereof was Lord the good Sir Bellamour ; 
Who whylome was in his youths freflieft flowre 
A lufty Knight as ever wielded fpear. 
And had endured many a dreadful (toure 
Iii bloody battle for a Lady dear. 

The faireft Lady then of all that living were. 


Her name was Claribel: whofe father hight 
The Lord of Matr^ IJlands^ far renown'd 
For his great riches, and his greater might. 
He through the wealth wherein he did abound. 
This daughter thought in wedlock to have bound 
Unto the Prince of PiSieland^ bordering near ; 
But fhe, whofe fides before with fecret wound 
Of love to Bellamour empierced were,. 

By all means fhund to match with any foreign Fcfe, 


And Bellamour again fo well her pleased, 
With daily fervice and attendance due. 
That of her love he was entirely feiz*d, 
And clofely did her wed, but known to few : 
Which when her father underftood, he grew 
In fo great rage, that them in dungeon deep 
Without companion, cruelly he threw ; 
Yet did fo ftreightly them afunder keep, 

That^ncither could to company of th'other creep. 


Nath'lefs, Sir Bellamour^ whether through grace 
Or fecret gifts, fo with his Keepers wrought. 
That to his Love fomctimes he came in place ; 
Whereof, her womb, unwift to wight, was frau ght, 
And in due time a maiden child forth brought. 
Which fhe ftraightway (for dread leaft if her Sire 
Should know thereof, to flay he would have fought) 
Delivered to her handmaid, chat (for hire) 

She ihould it caufe be fullred under ftrange attire« 



The truity Damzel, bearing it abroad 
Into the empty fields, where living wight 
Mote not bewray the fccrct of her load. 
She forth 'gan lay unto the open light 
The little babe, to take thereof a fight. 
Whom, whilft fhe did with watry eyn behold. 
Upon the little breall (like chryftal bright) 
She mote perceive a little purple mold. 

That like a Rofe, her filken leaves did fair unfold. 


Well (he it markt, and pityed the more. 
Yet could not remedy her wretched cafe ; 
But clofing it again like as before, 
Bedew'd with tears there left it in the place : 
Yet left not quite, but drew a little fpace 
Behind the bulhes, where fhe her did hide. 
To weet what mortal hand, or heavens grace 
Would for the wretched infants help provide. 

For which it loudly call'd, and pitifully cryd. 


At length, a Shepherd, which thereby did keep 
His fleecy flock upon the plains around. 
Led with the infants cry, that loud did weep. 
Came to the place, where when he wrapped found 
Th'abandond fpoil, he foftly it unbound ^ 
And feeing'there that did him pity fore. 
He took it up, and in his mantle wound ; 
So home unto his honed wife it bore, 

Who as her own it nurft, and named evermore. 


Thus long continued Claribel a thrall. 

And Bellamour in bands, till that her Sire 
Departed life, and left unto them all. 
Then all the ftorms of Fortunes former ire 
Were turned, and they to freedom did retire. 
Thenceforth, they joy'd in happincfs together. 
And lived long in peace and love intire. 
Without difquiet or diflike of either. 

Till time that CaUdore brought Pajlorelk thither. 



Both whom they goodly well did entertain ; 
For BelUmour knew Calidore right well. 
And loved for his prowefs, fith they twain 
Long fince had fought in field. Als Claribely 
Nc Icfs did tender the fair Paftorely 
Seeing her weak and wan, through durance long- 
There they awhile together thus did dwell 
In much delight, and many joys among. 

Until the Damzel *gan to wex more found and ftrong. 


Tho gan Sir Calidore him to advife . 

on his flrft queft, which he had long forlorc 5 
Afliam'd to think, how he that enterprifc. 
The which the Fairy Queen had long afore 
Bequeathed to him, forflacked had fo fore; 
That much he feared, left reproachful blame. 
With foul dlfhonour him mote blot therefore ; 
Befides the lofs of fo much praife and fame. 

As through the world thereby fhould glorify his name. 


Therefore refolving to return in hafte 

Unto fo great atchievement, he bethought 

To leave his Love, now peril being paft. 

With ClaribeU whilft he that monfter fought 

Throughout the world, and to deftrudtion brought. 

So taking leave of his fair Pqfiorely 

(Whom tk> recomfort, all the means he wrought) 

With thanks to BtUamour.ztA Claribely 

H& went forth On his queft, and did that him befell. 


But firft, ere I do his adventures tell, - 
In this exploit, me needeth to declare 
What did betide to the fair Pafi&rtU 
During bis abfence left in heavy care. 
Through daily mourning, and nightly misfare : 
Yet did th^t ancient Matron all (he ofiight^ 
To cberifli her with all things choice and rare ; 
And her own hand^maid, tliat MtUffa bight. 

Appointed (0 attend her duely^lay and night. 

44^ THE FAIRY QUEE>r. Book VI. 


Who in a morning, when this maiden fwr 
Was dighting her (having her fnowy bread 
As yet not laced, nor her golden hair 
Into their comely trefles duely dreft) 
Chanced to efpy upon her ivory cheft 
The rode mark/ which (he remembred well 
That little Infant had, which forth Ihe keft. 
The daughter of her Lady Clarihel^ 

The which ihe bore, the whiles in prifoa Ibe did dwell. 


Which well avizing, (baight ibe 'gan to caft 
In her conceitful mind, th^yt this fair Maid 
Was that fame infant, wh^cb fo long ilaoe paft 
She in die open fields had ioofely laid 
To fortunes fpoil, unable it to aid* 
So full of joy, ftraight forth fhe ran in hafte 
Unto her mifirefs, being half difmaid. 
To tell her bow the heavens had her gr^c'd, . 

To fave herchild, which jb mi^for^Dats moath was plac'd. 


The fober mother, feeing iU(cb \iu OKAxl 

(Yet knowing not what naeapt chatfuddain.tkrow) 
Askt her how mote 1^ W4>rd^ be underilQod> 
And what jthe matter wa8( tb^ac moy'd ber fo* 
My Liete; /aid ihe, ye know, that long ygd,. 
Whilit ye in dureoce dwfilt, ye to mie gave ' 
A little inaidi the whiciijc qhijded cbo; . 
The fame again if d0w .y^ lift to }xa«^e, . 

The fame is, yonder. Lady:^ whom higbXaOil did. ikre* • 

Much was the I>dy trouWeid 4t tbat fpe^ctu.. . 
And 'gan to^jueilion Af^bj^iow. ibeJt ksQW^ 
Moil certain marks, fajd Aif,:da loe k-tcacbi 
For on her breaft I with .^b«fe ey^ did view 
The UtUc.pjurple Roffe which tbcreoo .grew» 
Whereof her name ye^then to her did givieV. 
Befides, Jier count'qance, Md her likdyiwic^ 
Matched with equal years, do furely pdettt 

That yondilame is your.dMghterA>re>whicb yet doth live. 



The Matr<M) (laid no longer to enquire. 
But forth in hafte ran to the ilranger Maid; 
Whom catching greedily for great defire. 
Rent up her breaft, and bofoni open laid ; 
In which that Rofe jQie plainly faw difplaid. 
Then her embracing tvixt her arm^ twain. 
She long fp held, andfoftly weeping faid; 
And lived thou my daughter now .^Lg^in ? 

And art thou jct aliv^, whom dead I long did fain ? 


Tho further asking her of fundry thiogs. 
And times comparing with their accidents. 
She found at laft, by very certain Hgns, 
And fpeaking marks of pailed monuments. 
That this young Maid» whpm chi^nce to her prefents, 
Is her own daughter, her pwn infant dear. 
Tho wondring long at thofe (o ftrange events, 
A thoufand tioies Ihe her embraced near. 

With many ft joyful \^\fsy and many a mating tear. 


Whoever is* the av>(hfir <^€U3€ child. 

Which having th^Might long dead, ihe finds alive. 
Let her by proof of that which (he bath fil'd 
In her own breaft, (his mothers joy defcrive 
For other none fuch paifion can contrive 
In perfeft form, as this gpod Lady felt. 
When ihe fo fair a daughter faw furvive. 
As PaftoreUa was, that nigh ihe fwdc 

For pacing joy, which did all intp pity melt« 


Thence running forth unto her loved Lord> 
She unto him recounted all that fell : . 
Who jpining joy with her in one accord. 
Acknowledged for his own fair P^onL 
There leave we t^hem in jpy, and let us tell 
Of CaUdore: Who feeking all thij[ while 
That monilrous beait by final force to quell, 
Through every place, with reftlefs pain and toil 

Him fpllow*d, by the track of his outrageous fpoil^ 

448 THE FAIRY QUEfeN. ^BookVI. 


Through all eftates he found chat he had paft. 
In which he many malTacres had left. 
And to the Clergy now was come at laft ; 
In which fuch fpoil, fuch havock, and fuch theft 
He wrought, that thence all goodnefs he bereft. 
That endlefs were to tell. The Elfin Knight, 
Vfho now no place befides unfought had left. 
At length into a monaftere did light, 

Where he him found defpoiling all with main and might. 


Into their cloyfters now he broken had. 
Through which the Monks he chafed here and there. 
And them purfu'd into their dortours fad. 
And fearched all their cells and fecrets near; 
In which, what filth and ordure did s^pear. 
Were irkfome to report ; Yet that foul Bead, 
Nought fparing them, the more did tofs and tear. 
And ranfack all their dens from moft to leaft. 

Regarding nought religion, nor their holy heaft. 


From thence, into the facred church he broke. 
And robbM the chancel, and the desks down threw. 
And altars fouled, and blafphemy fpoke; 
And th'Images, for all their goodly hue. 
Did caft to ground, whilfl none was them to rue; 
So all confounded and diforder'd there. 
But feeing Calidcrey away he flew. 
Knowing his fatal hand by former fear ; 

But he him faft purfuing, foon approached near. . 


Him in a narrow place he overtook. 
And fierce aflailing, forc'd him turn again : 
Sternly he turned again, when he him (irook 
With his (harp fteel, and ran at him amain 
With open mouth, that feemed to contain 
A full good peck within the utmoit brim. 
All fet with iron teeth in ranges twain. 
That terrifide bis foes, and armed him. 

Appearing like the mouth of Oraaj gricfly grim. 



And therein were a tfaoufand tongues eApight^ 
Of fundry kinds, and fundry quality : 
Some were of Dogs^ that barkeld day and night. 
And fbme of Cats> that wrawling ftill did cry x 
And fortie of Bears, that groynd continually 1 
And fome of Tigers, that did feem to gren. 
And fnarl at all, that ever pafled by : 
But moft of them were tongues of mortal men^ 

Which fpake reproachfully, not caring where nor when* 


And them amongft^ were mingled here and there. 
The tongues of Serpents, with three-forked ftings^ 
That fpat out poifon and gore bloody gerb 
At all that came within his ravenings^ 
And fpake licentious words and hateful things 
Of good and bad alike, of low and high i 
Ne Kefair fpared he a whit, nor Kings, 
But either blotted them with infamy, 

Or bit them with his baneful teeth of injury. 


But Cdlidore^ thereof no wlrit afraid, 

Rencountred him with fo impetuous mighty 
That th^outrage of his violence he ftaid. 
And beat aback, threatning in vain to hxtti^ 
And fpitting forth the pdfon of his fpight, 
That foamed all about his bloody jaws. 
Tho rearing up his former feet on height^ 
He raitipt upon him with his ravenous paws« 

As if he would have rent him with his cruidi claWSi 

But he right weU aware bis rage txi Ward^ 
Did caft his fhield atween -, and therewithal!. 
Putting his puiflknee forth, purfu'd fo hard. 
That backward he enforced him to fall : ^ 
And being down, ere he new help could call, 
-His Ihield he on him threw^ and faft ^down held 1 
Like as a Bullock, that in bloody (tall 
Of butchers baleful hand 10 ground is fell'd^ 

Is forcibly keptdown^ till he be. throughly quell'd. 
Vol- II. F f 



Full cruelly the Bcaft did rage and rorc. 

To be down held, and nnaifiered lb with might, 
That-hc ^gan free and foani out bloody gore. 
Striving in vain to rear timfelf upright. 
For ftill the more he ftrove, the more the Knight 
Did himfupprefs, and forcibly fubdue ; 
Jhat made him almoft mad for fell defpight. 
He. grind, he bit, he fcratcht, he venom threw. 

And fared like a Fiend, right horrible in hue. 


Or like tl c hell-born Hydra^ which they feign 
That great Alcides whylomc overthrew. 
After that he had labour'd long in vain. 
To crop his thoufand heads, the which ftill new 
Forth budded, and in greater number gre^. 
Such was the fury of this hellilh Beaft, 
Whilft Cdidore him under^ him down threw ; 
Who nathemore his heavy load releaft : 

But aye the more he rag'd, the more his powre increail« 


The when the Beaft faw he mote nought avail 
By force,, he 'gan his hundred tongues apply. 
And fharply at him to revile and rail, 
With bittt^r terms of fliameful infamy \ 
Oft interlacing many a forged lie, 
Whofe like be nev^ once did fpeak nor hear 
Nor ever thought thing fo unworthily : 
Yet did he nought, for all that him forbear. 

But ftrained him lo ftreightly, that be choakt him Dear« 


At laft, whenas he found his force to flirink. 
And rage to quail, he took a muzzei ftrong 
Of furell iron, made with many a link \ 
Therewith be mured up his mouth along. 
And therein fliut up his blafphemous tongue. 
For never more defaming gentle Knight, 
. Or any lovely Lady doing wrong : 
And thereunto a great long chain he tight. 

With which^he drew ium forth, even ia his own dcfpight* 



Like aa whylbme that ftrong T^riff^itfinf fwain^ 1 

Brought forth wicti ham the dmdfol Dog^ of hcll» j 

Againft bis will faft bound ki iron chain i 

And roaring horhbiyt did him compel] 

To fee the hateful fun i that he might (ell 

To grielly Pluto^ what oa earth was done. 

And to the other damned ghofts which dwell 

For aye in darknefs» which day-light doth Ihuo.:. 
So led this Knight his captive, with like ccnqueft wotu 

Yet greatly did the Beaft repine at thofe 

Strange bands, wbofe like till then he never bore^ . 

Ne ever any durft till then impofe> 

And chaufed inly, feeing now no more 

Him liberty was left aloud to roar : ^ 

Yet durft he not draw back ; .nor once withftand ; 

The proved powre of noble Calidort^ 

But trembled underneath his mighty hand^ 
And like a fearful Dog him foUow'd through the Jand 

Him throvgh all Fairy Land he followed fo» * 

^s if he learned had obedience long^ 

That all the people wherefo he did gOt 

Out of their towns did round about nim throngs 

To fee him lead that Beaft in bondage ftrong \ 

And feeing it, much wondered at the fight : 

And all fuch perfons, as be earft did wrongs 

Rgoyced much to fee his captive plight 
And much admired the Beaft,but more admir'd theKnight« 

Thus was this monfter by the maiftring might 

Of doughty CalidorCy fuppreft and tam*d. 

That never more he mote endamage wight ^ 

With his vile tongue, which many had defam'd^ 

And many caufelefs caufed to be blam'd : 

So did he eke long after this remain, 

Untill that ("whether wicked fate fo framed, 

Or fault of men) he broke his iron chain» 
And got into the world at liberty again. 
' Ff a 



Thenceforth, more nnichief and more icatht he wrought 
To mortal meiH than be had done before ; 
Ne evrer could by aoy more be brought 
Into like bands, ne maiftdr'd any more : 
Albe that loDg Ctme aiter Calidcre^ 
The good Sir PeUeas him took in band \ 
And after him. Sir Lamorack of yore. 
And all his brethren born in Britain land ; 

Yet none of them. could ever bring him into hand. 


So now he rangeth thoough the world again. 
And rageth foce ia each deg^ and ftate | 
Ne any is that may htm now reftrain. 
He growea is to great and ftrong of late. 
Barking, and biting aU that him do bate, 
Albe they worthy blame, or clear of crime : 
Ne (pareth he moft gentle wits ta rate, 
Ne ipaieth be the gende Poets rhime, 

But rends without regard of perfon or of time. 

Ne may thU homely verfe, of many meanell:, 
Hope to efcape iua venomous deipight. 
More than my former writs, all were they deaneft 
From blameful blot, and free from all that wite 
With which fbme wicked tongues did it bsdcbitCt 
And bring into a mighty Peers difpleafure. 
That never io deferved to endite. 
Therefore do you my rhimes keep better meafiire. 

And ieek to pieafe, chat now is counted wife mens treafore* 

t 4S3 ] 


G A NT 0'« 


M U TAB I L f T Y: 


Which both for form and matter > .appear ta be 
parcel of fome following Book oi the - 

Fairy Queen ; 

Under the legend of Conftancy. ^ 

■ I ' u ' -^ 'f n - ' 

C A N T O VI. 

Proud Change (net pleased in tnortd tUif^s 

Beneath the Motm^ to reigft) - '\kt 

Pretends % well of Qods^ as AJj^ . -^ 
To be the Soveraine. 

f« ■ « • J 




What man that fce$ the ever-whiiling wheel ^ .^ ^ 
OfCkangej the which all mortal thing;s.doth fway. 
But that thereby doth find and plainly* teel,. . .^ ^r 
' How Mutability in them doth play . . \ '* 

Her cruel fports, to many mens decay ?. . ^ 

Which that to all may better yet, appear, . , . >^^ 
I will rehearfe that whylome I heard iiaiy. 
How Ihe at firft her felf began to rear^ [jbear, 

'Gainft alt the Gods, and th*empire fought, from . tbam to 

Ff 3 

454 THE FMRY QtJEEN. ^xdcVII. 


But firft, here fallcth fitteft to unfold 

Her antique race and Hnage ancient. 

As I have found it regiftred of old. 

In Fairy land Jmongft record^ permanent : 
-^ 'S^ was to weel, a Daughter by defcent 

Of-thofe old Tiiansy that did whylomc ftrive 

With Saturns Son for heavens regiment. 

Whom though high JovAof kingdom did deprire^ 
Yet many of their ftem long after did furvivc. 

AiA TMnj of fieiplftef wards oJ>tain*d ^ 

"Great povfrt of jove^ an^ high authority 5 

As Heccate^ in whofe almighty hand 

He placM all'Tdle and principality, 

Tq DC by bcr difpofed diverfly. 

To Gods, and men, as. ihejtbem lift divide: 

And drad Betl^M^ that doth found on high 

Wars and alarums unta nations wide, 
Thit makes both heaven and earth to tremble at herpride. 


Strfikcwife did this Titanefs kfpTre, 

Rule and dominion to her&lf (o gain ; 

That as a Goddefs, tfien nright her admire. 

And heavenly honour^ yield, as to then^ twain. 

And flrft, on earth flie fought it to obtain ; 

Where flie fuch proof and fad ^mpies fliew'd 

Of h^r great powre to many ones great pain» 

That not men only (whom flie foon fubdu'd) 
But eke all other creatures, her bad doings ru'd. 

. for Ac the face of earthly tHings fo changed, ■ 

* . That all whi^h nature bad eftablifht firft " 

In |fOod eftate, and ih x^tti order rang'di 
She did pervert, and all their ftatutes burft : 
And all the worlds fair frame (which none yet dorft 
Of Gods* or mfeh to alter or mifguide) 
She altered quite, and made them all accurft 
• Tb4t God had bleft, and did at firft providej 

In thnt ftill happy ftatc for ever to abide. 


VI. %J 

Ne Ihe the laws of nature only bnke» 
But eke of Juftice, and of "policy ; 
And wrong of right, and bad of good did make, 
An^ death for life exchanged fooliihly : 
Since which, all living wights have leafrnVl to dye. 
And all this world is woxen daily wOrfe. 
O piteous work of Mutakility ! 
By wfiich we a^ are fubjeA to that curie. 

And death inftead of life have fucked from our nurfe. 


And now, when all the earth (he thus had brought 
To her belieft, and thralled to her nnight. 
She *gaQ[ to caft in her ambitious thought, > 
T' attempt the empire of the heavens height, 
An() Jovt himielf to fhoulder from his right. 
And firft, ihe paft the region of the air. 
And of the fire, whofe fubftance thin ^nd ilight. 
Made, no refiflance, ne could her contrair. 

But ready pailage to her pleafure did prepair* 


Thence to the circle of the Moon flieclMnbf ' 
Where CynMa reigns in everlailiog glory : 
To whdie bright mining palace ftraight ihe came,- 
All fairly deckt with heavens goodly ilory ; 
Whofe filver gates (by which there fate an hoary 
Old aged Sire, ^ith hour-.glafs in hand, 
Hight Time) ihrentred, where he lief or forry :. 
Ne ilaid till ih< the higheil ilage had fcand. 

Where Cynthia did fit, that never itiil did iljind. 


Her fitting on an ivory' throne (he foundi^ >' ' 

Df awn of two deeds, th' one black, the other white, 
^nvicond with ten thouiand ilars around. 
That duly her attended day and night : 
And by her fide, there ran her Page, that highc 
VtfpeTy whom we the Evening-flar intend. 
That viith his torch, ilill twinkling like twylighti^ 
Her lightep'd all the way where fhe (bouid wend. 

And joy to weary wandring travellers did lend : 

Ff 4 


That when the hardy Titanefi beheld 

The goodly building of her palace bright, 
^f ade of the heavens fubftance, ^nd upheld 
With dioufaqd chryftal piliors of huge height. 
She 'gan to burn in her ambiciousi fpright. 
And c' envy her that in fuch ^lory reign'd. 
^ftfoons fh^ ca(t by force and tortious m^t. 
Her to difplace^ and to herfelf t' h^ve gained 

The kingdon) of the Night, and waters by her waio'^^ 


^oldly ihe bid the Goddefs down delcend^ 
And let .herfelf into that ivory throne ; 
For ihe herfelf more worthy thereof wend. 
And better able it to guide alone : 
Whether to men, whofe fall (he did bemoan> 
Or unto Gods, whofe fiaoe Ihe did malign. 
Or to th' infernal Powresy her need give Tone 
Of her fis^r lights and bounty moft benign, 

lierfelf of all that rule ihe deemed mpft cqndigai. 


|tut fhe that had to her that foveraine leat 
By higbeft Jovi ^ffign'd, therein to bear 
Nights burhtr^ lamp, regarded not her threat, 
J^e yielded ought for favour or for fear ; . 
But with ftern count'nance and difdainful chear» 
Bending her horned broWs, did^ut her back : 
Apd boldly- blaming her -for coming there. 
Bade her attonce from heavens coaft to pack. 

Or at h^ P^i^l bide the wrathi\il thunders wrack. 

Yet nathemone the Giank/s forbare : 1 

But boldly preacing on^ rai^ht forth hcrb^nd V 

To pluck her down peiiorce from <^ her chair i 
And therewith lifting up her golden waiid. 
Threat ned to ftrike her if ihe did withftamd. 
Whereat the St^rs which round about her blaz'd. 
And eke the Moon's bright wagon ftill did ftand. 
All being with fo bold attempt amaz'd. 

And P« her uncouth habit and ftero look ftill g«zU 





Mean while, the lower world, wbick nothing knew 
Of all that chanced here, was darkned qi|«e j 
And eke the heavens &nd «11 the heavenly, qrew 
Of happy wightSt now unpurvaid of lights 
Were much afraid, and wondred at that %ht t 
Fearing leaft C&aos broken had his chain. 
And brought again dn them eternal night : 
But chiefly Atercwy^ that next doth reign. 

Ban fordi in hafte, unto the King of Gods tQ pkin^ 


All ran together with a great loutcry. 

To Joves fair palace, &%t in heavens heights . 
And beating at his gates full earneftly, 
'Gan call to him aloud with all their oughti 
To know what meant that fuddain lack of 
The Fadier of the Gods when this he heard. 
Was troubled much at their fo ftrange-^ffngbl^ 
.Doubting left Typbon were agmn uprearVl, 

Or other his odd foes, tibat once him forely ftar'd*. j 


Eftfoons the Son of Maia forth he fent 
Down to the circle of the Moon, to kncHV . 
The cauii: of this fo ftrange aftonilhmentf 
And why (he. did her wxaited courfe fcrflow ; . 
And if that any were on earth below 
That did with charms or mag^ her moleft. 
Him to attach, and down to heU to throw : 
But if from heaven it were, then to arreft 

The author, ' and him bring before his prefence preft* 


The wing*d-fo6t God, fo faft his plnmes did beat» 
That ibon he pame whereas theT^n^ 
Was ftriving with fair Cynibia for her feat : 
At whole ftraoge Hght, and haughty hardinefi. 
He wondred much, and feared her no lefs. 
Yet laying fear afide to do hischarge^ 
At laft^ he bade her (with bold iledfaftnefs) 
• Ceafe to moleft the Moon to walk at large. 

Or cQii^e before b|gh Jm ber doings to difchftrge. 



And therewithal!, he on her Ihoulder laid 
His fnaky-wreathed mace, wbofe awful power 
Doth maice both Gods and heilifii Fiends aflfraid : 
Whereat the Titanefs did fternly lower. 
And ^outly anfwer'd, that in evil hour 
He from his Jove fuch melTage to her brought. 
To bid her leave fair Cynibia'% filvcr bower ; 
Sith ihe his Jove and him efteemed nought, [fought. 

No more than Cynthia^ felf; but atl/thoir. kingdoms 


The Heavens Herald (laid not to reply, • 
But paft away, his doings to rdate 
Unto his I^ord ; who now in th' higheft flcy« 
Was placed in his principal eftate. 
With aK the Cods about him congregate : 
To whom when Hermes had his meflage cold, . 
Itdid theftr all exceedingly amate, 
SaveT^^ \ who^chan^ng nought his countenance bold. 

Did unto them dt length thefe fpeeches wife unfold. 


Hearken to me a'while ye heavenly Powrs. 
Ye may mnember fincc th* Earth's cuHed feed 
Sought to affail the hcravens eternal towrs. 
And ta us all exceeding fear did breed : 
But how we then defeated ail their deed^ 
Ye all do know, and them deftroyed quite % 
Yet not fo quite, but that there did (kcceed 
An ojBTspring of their blood, which didalite 

Upon the fruimil earth, which doth us yet defpite. 


Of th^ bid (etA is this bold woman bred. 
That now with bold prefumption doth afpire 
To thruft fair Pbeebe from her filver bed, 
«And ^ke ourfelves from heavens high empire. 
If that her might were match to her define : 
Wherefore, it now behoves us to adviie 
What way is beft to drive her to retire ; 
Whether by open force, or counfel wife, 

Aread ye Sons ox God, as beft ye can deviie. 



So having faid, he ceaft ; and with his brow 
<His black eye^brow, whofe doomCul dreaded beck 
Is wont to wield the world unto his vow. 
And even thehigheft Powres of -heaven to check) 
Made fign to them in their^ degrees to fpeak : 
Who (Iraight 'gan caft their counfel grave and wife. 
Meanwhile, th'Earths Daughter, tjiough ihe nought 
Of Hermes meifllge ; yet 'gah now advife", fdidTcqk 

What courfe Wei^ befl; to take in this hot bofd empnxc. 


Eftfoons Ihc thus rtfolv*d ; that whilft the Gods 
(After return of Hermes embaflie) 
Were troubled, and amon^it themfelves at odds. 
Before they could new counfels re-allie. 
To fet upon them in that cxtafic ; * 
And take what fortune time and plac^ would lend ; 
So fdrth (he role, and through the pureft iKy 
Ta y&ves high palace ftraight caft to afcem^, *^ 

To proiccute her plot : Good onfet boads good end; * 


She there arriving, boldly in did pafs ; ' "* * , 
Where all the Gods flie fotmd m counfel cldfc, \ 
All quite unarip'd, as then their manner'was. ' 
At fight of her they fuddain all arofe, * *■ * ^ 
In great amaze, ne wift what way to chofr.. 
But Jove -all fearlefs, foifcM them to aby ; 
And in his foveraine throne, 'gan ftraight difj^c 
•Himfelf more full of grace and majefty, • ' '' 

That mote cnchea/^his friends, and foes mote terrify. 


That when the haughty Titanefs beheld,' 

All were ihe fraught with pride and impudence,. 
Yet with the fight thereof was almoft queld ; * 
And inly quaking, fecm'd as reft of fenfc, * 
And void of fpeech in that drad audience ; 
Until that Jove himfelf, herfelf befpakc : - * / 
Speak thou frail woman, ijpe&k with confidence, ' 
Whence art thou, and what do{t thou here now xrfake ? 

What idle errand haft thou, earfhs manfion toforfake f 

^fo THE FA I |l y QU E 5 N. Book V«. 


She half confjiied wkh his great OMmnaiid, 
Yctgadiering fpirit of her natunts. pride, 
Htm.boldl]^ aofM(cr'ii i;bufi to his rdemaod : 
I 9m a Daughter bjr the Mothers (ide. 
Of her that is Grand*0)0tber qsagpifide 
. Qf all the Cods, giieat JStfn^, gi^jit Omus child : 
But bjr the fathers (be ic ^ot envide) 
I greater atn (h blood (wliiereoo 1 b^d) 

Than all theGods»t|poitgh wroi^fully from heaven exii'd. 


For 7V/49 <as ye all acknowki^ miift) 
Was Satums elder Bppther by birdi-right \ 
Botlx Sons of Uramts: but by unjuft 
And guileful q)eans^ through Qnyba^is flighty 
The younger thruft the elder from his right : 
Siqce'whicb, thou ^^t^t iajurioufly haft held 
The faf drvens rule from Titms Sons by mights 
And them to he|liih: dungeons dowp haft rclld : 

Witn^i^ ye heavens the truth of all that I have td^. 


Whilft Ihe thus.%ak^ the Gods that gave good ear ; 
Toiler. bold wpnds, and marked well hcrgraces 
Being. . of ftaturc tall as any there . 
Of all the Gods, and beausihii of face. 
As any of the GoddeiTes in place. 
Stood all aftoni^ like a fort of Steers^ 
.^ongft whom fome beaft of-ftra^gp and foreign race, 
Xlitwares is chaunc'd, far ftrayingrrom his peers : 

^4id their ghaftly gaze bewray x^^ hidden fears. 


Till having patiz'd awhile^ Jovt thus fae&ake; 
Will never mortal thoughts ceafe to aipite. 
In this bold fort, tp heaven claim to make. 
And touch cele(^ial feats with earthly mire ? 
I would have thougl^t.tbat bold Procif^£iS hire. 
Or Typham fall» ort proud /xioiki pain» 
Or great Prometbei^^ tafting of our ire« 
^ Wo^l(i have fuffiz*d» the reft for to reftr^n ^ 

And wam'd all mco by^ ^^ wao^jple to rcfnda. 


But now. this ofF-fcum of that curfed fry. 
Dare to renew the like bold enterprize. 
And challenge th'herkage of this our tky % 
Whom what (hould hinder, but that we likewHe 
Should handle as the rc& of her allies. 
And thunder-<lrive to hell ? With that he Ihook 
His Nedkar- dewed locks, with which the ikies 
And all the world beneath for terrour quook. 

And eft his burning kvin^brond ia hand he ttxik. 


But when he k)oked on her lovely face. 
In which fair beams of beauty did appear. 
That could the greatefr wrath foon turn to gr^^e 
(Such fway doth beauty even in heaven bear) 
He ftaid Ms hand : and having* changed his chear. 
He thus again in milder wife began ; 
But ah ! if Gods fhould ftrive with fleffi yfere. 
Then fhortly Ihould the progeny of maa 

Be rootM out, if Jtve (hould do ftill what he etfa^ 


But thee fair 9%tt»irchi)dt I rather ween, ' 

Through fomc v^hi errouir or ihdtacentent lights 
To fe» that mortal eye^ have. never feen % . 
Or through enfample of thy Sifters* might, 
Bellcna ; whofe great gk>ry thou dbft fprght. 
Since thou haA feen her dreadful powre below, 
'Mongfb wretched men (difmaid with her aflft-ight) 
To 'bandy crowns, fiind kingdoms to bellow : 

And fure thy^ worth, nb lefs than hers, doth feem tolhow. 


But wote thou this^ thou hardy T^anefs^ 
Tb«4iot ch^ worth of any livhig wight' 
Ma^ challenge ought In heavens interefs ; 
Nfecfr lefs the titlfc of *ld TitMs Tight : 
For we by conq^^ft of our fovdrainc might. 
And by eternal doom of Fatci* decree. 
Have won the empireof the lieavens bright ; 
Which to duffelvfcs we hold, and to whom we 

Shall worthy deem partakers of our blifs to be. 



Then ceale thy idle daim thou fooliih girl. 
And feek by grace and goodnefs to obtain 
That place from which by folly Tiian fell ; 
Thereto thou mayft perhaps, if fo thou fain 
Have Jove thy gracious. Lord and Soveraine* 
So having faid, ihe (bus to him reptide i 
Ceafe Saturm Son, to feek by proffers vain 
Of idle hopes t'allure me to thy l}de; 

For to betray my right, before I have it tride. 


But thee, O Jiroe^ no equal Judge I deem 
Of my delert, or of my dueful right ; 
That in thine own behalf mayft partial feem : 
But to the higbeft him, that is behighc 
Ftfther of Gods and men by equal might \ 
To weet, the God of nature, X appeal. 
Thereat Jove wexe4 wroth, and in his fpright 
Did inly grudge, yet did it well conceal. 

And bade Dan Pbahm Scribe her appellation feiU# 


Eftfocms the time and filace appoince4 were. 

Where all, both heavenly Powers, and earthly wights. 

Before sreat Namrcs prefence (hwld appear. 

For trial of th<^- titles and beft rights : 

That was to weet upon the higheft heights , 

Of Arh-biU (who knows not Arlo-biU?) 

That is the higheft bead .(in all mens fights) 

Of my old Father MUe^ whom Shepherds quill 

Renowned hath with Jiymns fit for a rural ikill. 


And were it not ill &ting for this file, 
To fing of hills gndwpods,'it^ongft wafsandKnights, 
I would abate, th^ tlernefs of my ftile, 
*Mongft thefe ftern ftounds to qsingk Toft df lights ^ 
And tell how A'lo through Diatmii fpighps 
(Being of old the Jbeft and faireft hill 
That was in aU.this hely Ifknds heights) 
Was ipscle the moft unpleafant, and aK)ft ilU 

Meanwhile,, O C^c^ lend CaUiope thy quill. 




Whylome when Ireland flouriflied' In fwrie ' 
Of wealth and goodnefs, far above the reft 
Of all that bear the Britijh lAands name. 
The Gods then us'd (for pleafure and for reft) 
Oft to rcforc thereto, when feenr>'d them bcft : 
But none of all tberdn more pleafure found, 
Than CyfUbia\ that is foveraine Queen profeft 
Of woods and forefts, which therein abound, 

Sprinkled with wholefome waters^ more tl>an moft on 

XXXIX. [ground. 

But 'mongft them all, as fitteft for het- game, * 
Either tor chace of beafts'with hound or boW| 
Or for to fliroud in (hade from Pbabus flame. 
Or bathe in fountains that do frelhly flow. 
Or from high hills, o^ from the dales below. 
She chofe this jtlo \ where ihe did refort ' 

With all her Nymphs enranged on a row. 
With whom the woody Gods did oft confort : 

For with the Nymphs, the Satyrs love to play and fport. 


Amongft the which, there was a Nymph that hight ' 
Mo^tma ; Daughter of old Father Mok^ 
And Sifitr unto MuUa^ fair and bright : ^ - 

Unto whofe bed falfe Bregog whylome ftole. 
That Shepherd C$Un dearly did condole. 
And made her luckJefs loves well known to be* 
But this Nblarma^ were ihe not fo Ihole, 
Were nio lefs fair and beautiful than (he : 

Yet as (he is, a fairer flood may no man fee. 


For firft ihe fprings out of two marble rocks. 

On which a grove of oaks high mounted grows ( • 
That as a girlond feems to deck the locks ^ 

Ot fome fair Bride, brought forth with pompolis ihows 
Out of her bowre, that many flowers ftrows : 
So through the flowry dales (he tumbling down. 
Through many woods, and (had y coverts flows 
(That on each fide her filver channel crown) 

Till to the plain flie confie^wjhofe v^Uleys (he doth drawn. - 

4^4 THE FAlRt QUEEN. Book VIl 


lo her fwtet ftreams^ DiaHa ufed qfc 

(After her fweaty Chace and toilfome play) 
To bathe herfdf ; and after on the fcrfc 
And downy grafs, her dainty limbs to lay 
In covert /hade> where none behold her may t 
For much fhe hated fight of living eye. 
Fooiiih God Faunus^ chough full many a day 
He faw her clad, yet longed foolilhly 

To ice her naked 'mongft her Nymphs in privity* 


No way he found to compafs his deflre. 
But to corrupt Idalamia^ this her maid» 
Her to difcover for fome fecret hire : 
So her with. flattering words he firfl ailayd \ 
And after, pleafing gifts for her purvayd. 
Queen-apples, and red cherries from the crce^ 
With whidi he her allured and betraid. 
To tell what time he might her Lady fee. 

When (he her felf did batl^, that he might fecret be. 


Theitto he pmmift, if fhe would him pleafiite 
With this fmall boon, to quit her with a betters 
To weet, that whereas fhe had out of meafiire 
Long lov'd the Fancbiny who by nought did (et faeff 
That he would undertake, for this to get her 
To be hia Love, and of him liked well: 
Befide all which he vow*d to be her debtor 
For many more good turns than he would tell ; 

The leafl of which, this little pleafure fhould excelL 


The fimple maid dkl yield to him ano6e i 
And m him placed wheic he dofe m^ht view 
That never; any faw^ lave only one ; 
, Whp lor bis hire to fb fool-hardy due. 
Was of his hounds devoui'd in burners hue* 
Tho as her manner was on funny day, 
Diam with her Nymphs about her, dj«w 
To this fwcet fpring^ where doffing her array, 

She b9th*d her lovely limbs^. for Jwe a likely prey. . 



I'here Fauiius ikw thAt pleafed much his tyt^ 
And made his heart to tickle in his breaft, 
That for great joy of fomeWhat he did fpy. 
He could him not contain in lilent reft ; 
But breaking forth in laughter, loud profeit 
His fbolifh thought. A fooliih Faun indeed^ 
That couldft not hold thyfelf fo hidden bleft^ 
But Would eft needs thine own conceit areed* 

Bablers unworthy been of fo divine a meed^ 


The Goddefs all ablihed with that noife. 
In hafte forth ftarted from the guilty brook t 
And running ftraight whereas flie heard his voice^ 
Enclos'd the bu(h about^ and there him took^ 
Like xiarred Lark \ not daring up to look 
On her whofe fight before fo much he fought. 
Thence forth they drew him by the horns, and fhook 
Nigh all to pieces, that they left him nought % 

And thebinto the open light they forth hith broUght. 


Like as an hufwife^ thiu with bufie care 
Thinks of her dairy to make wondrous gain^ 
Finding whereas fomc wicked beaft unware 
That breaks into her dayr'houfc^ there doth drain 
Her creaming jpans, and fruftrate all her pain ; 
Hath in fome inare or ghi fet clofe behind, 
Entrapped him, and caught into her train. 
Then thinks what punifhment were beft aiTign'd^ 

And thoufand deaths devifeth in her veng^ful^ mind^ 


So did Diana and her maidens all 

Ufe nily Fawms, now Within their bail 1 
They mock and fcorn him, and him foul mifcall 1 
Some by the nofe him pluckt, fome by the tail^ 
And by his goatifh beaM fofpe did him hail : 
Yet he (poor foul) with patience all did bear; 
For nought againft their wills migh&xountervail : 
Ne ought he faid whatever he did hear \ 

But hdngifig down his headi did like a Mome appear. 
Vol, II, G g 


' L. 

/^t length when they had flouted htm their fiii. 
They *gan to caft what penance him to give. 
Some would have gelt him, but that fame would (pill 
The Wood-Gods breed, which muft for ever live : 
Others would tfafrough the river him have drivct 
And ducked deep : but that feem'd penance light ; 
But moft agreed and did this fentence give. 
Him in Deers-fktn to clad ; and in that plight. 

To hunt him with their hounds, himfelf fave how be mighf. 


But Cyntbiah felf more angry than the reft. 
Thought not enough to punifii him in fport. 
And of her fhame to make a gamefome jeft % 
But *gan examine him in flreighter fort. 
Which of her Nymphs, or other clofe conibrt. 
Him. thither brought, and her to him betrayd* 
He much afieard, to her conielTed ihort. 
That 'twas A&lanna which her fo bewrayd. 

Then all attonce their hands upon MoUnna layd. 


But him (according as they had decreed) 
* With a Deers-ikin they covered, and then chaft 
With all their hounds, that after him did fpeed ; 
But he more fpecdy, from them fled more faft 
Than a(hy Deer ; fo fore him dread aghaft. 
Thty after followed all with fhrill out-cry^ 
Shouting as they the heavens would hav« braft : 
That all the woods and dales where he did fly. 

Did ring again, and loud re-eccho to the Iky. 


So they him followed till they weary were ; 
When back returning, to Molainn^ ^in. 
They by commandment of Diana^ thene 
Her whclm'd with ftones. Yet Fawms (for her pain) 
Of her beloved Fancbin did obtain, 
That her he would receive unto his bed. 
So now. her waves pafs through a pleafant plaki. 
Till with the Fancbin ihe herlelf do wed. 

And (^bothcorabia'd) themfclvesin one fair river fpread. 

atitoVll. THE ^Alttt C^UEEN* 467 


KathMefs DiaM^ full of indignation^ 

Thenceforth abandoned her delicious btook i 

In Whofe fWeet ftreamt before that had occafionf 

So much delight to bathe her limbs (he took :^ 

Ne onljr her^ but alfo quite fbrfook 

All thcrfe fair fbrefb about Arlo hid. 

And all that mountain which doth overlook 

The richeft champion that may elfe be rid. 

And the fair^i&Kr^, in. which are tlu>ufand Saltooma bre^i 

Them all, and all that (he fo dear did way, 

I'henceforth fhe left \ and parting from the place^ 
Theccon an heavy haplefs curfe did lay» 
To wect, that Wolves, where (he was woilt to fpacei 
Should harboured be, and all thofe woods defaoe. 
And thieves ihould rob and fpoU that coalt around. 
Since which, thofe woods, and all that goodly chafet 
Doth to this day with Wolves and thieves abound : 

Which too too true tb^t lands in^dwelkrs fince hav« 


■** ^ '■—■■- , ■ ■->..« I t t ' ^ 


Pealing from Jove^ to Natures ^ar^ 

Bold Alteration pk/ub 
Lofre Evidence: but Nature foon 

ner righteous Doom oreads. 


Ah ! whither doft thou now thou greater Mufe 
Me from thefe Woods and pleafmg forefts bring ? 
And my frail fpirit (that doth oft rcfufc 
This too high fiightj unfit for her weak wing) 
Lift up aloft) to tell of heavens Kins 
(Thy Soveraine Sire) his fortunate mccefs. 
And vi(5tory, in Digger notes to fing. 
Which he obtained againft that Titanefs^ 
That him of heavens empire fought to dilpoflerit 

Gg a ^ 



Yet fith I needs mufl; follow tby bchcaft, 
t)o thou niy weaker wit with (kill infpire, ' 
F'v, for this turn ; and in thy feeble breaft 
Kindle fre(h fparks of that ininiortai fire^ 
Which learned minds infianietK with defire 
Of heavenly things : for who but thou aloncr 
That art yborn ot heaven and heavenly Sire, 
Can tell things done to heaven fo long ygone ^ 

So far paft memory of man that may be known . 

Now at the. time that was before agreed. 
The Gods aficmbled all on yiria hill ; 
As well thofe that are fprung of heavenly feed, 

.' As thofe that all the other world do fill^ 
And rule both fea and land unto their will : 
Only th'in£ernal Powrs might not appear.; 
A^ well for horrour of their countenance ill, 
: As for th'unruly Fiends which they did fear ; 
r Yet jP/«/^ and Proferpina were prefent there. 


And thither alfo came all other creatures, 
■"Whatever life or motion do retain. 
According to their fundry kinds of features ; 
That jlrlo fcarcely could them all contain ; 
So full they filled every hill and plain : 
And had 'not Natures Sergeant (that is Order) 
Them well difpofcd by his biifie pain, 
And ranged far abroad in every border, 

They would have caufed much confufion and difbrder. 


Then forth ifluM . (great Goddefs) great dame Naiurij 
With goodly port and gracious majefty j 
Being far greater and more tall of ftature 
Than any of the Gods or Powrs on high ; 
Yet certes by her face and pfiyfnomy. 
Whether ibe man or woman inly were. 
That could not any creature well defcry : 
For with a veil that wimpled every where. 
Her head and face was hid, that mote to none appear. 



That fome do fiiy was fo by (kill devized. 
To hkfe the terrour of her uncouth hue. 
From mortal eyes that ifaould be fore agriz*d ( 
> For that her face did Hke a Lyon ihew. 
That eye of wight could not indure to view : 
But otliers tell that it fo beauteous was. 
And round about fuch beams of fptendour threw, ' 
That it the Sun a thoufaad times did pafs, 

Ne co\i)4 be ieen»^ but like an image in a glafs. 


That well may feemen true : for well I ween 
That this fame day, when (he on Arlo fat. 
Her g^ntent was fo bright and wondrous (been. 
That my frail wit cannot devize to what 
It to comp^u'e, nor find like ftuff to that. 
As thofe three (acred Saints^ though eife moft wife. 
Yet on mount Tbabar quite their wits forgat. 
When they their glorious Lord in ftrange difguife 

TrafisfigurM faw : his garments fo did daze their eye?, 


In a fair pidn upon an equal hill. 
She placed was in a pavilion \ 
Not fuch as craftsmen by their idle (kill 
Are wont for Princes ftates to f^Aiion : 
But th' Earth .her felf of her own motion. 
Out of her fruitful bofom made to grow 
Moft dainty trees; that (hooting up anon. 
Did feem to bow their hloofming heads full tow. 

For homage unto her^ and like a throne did (how. 


So hard it is for any living wight, 
All her array and veftiments to tell. 
That old Dan Geffrey (in whofe gentle fpright ^ 
The pure well-head of poefie did dwell) » 

In his Fowls parley durft not with it mell. 
But it transfer*d to jilanc^ who he thought * ^ 

Had in his Pkiini (f , kinds dcfcrib'd it well : V 

Which who will read fet forth fo as. it ought. 

Go fcQk he out that Aian^ where he may be fought. ^ 

Gg 3 


' X • 

And all the eai^ ht underneiith her feet 

Was dight wich flowrcs, that vokmtary grew 
Out of the grouhdf and fcnt forth odours fweet. 
Ten thoufand more of fundry fcent and hue. 
That might delight the fmell, or pleafe the view : 
The which the Nymphs, from all the brooks thereby^ 
Had gathered, which they at her footftool threw | 
That richer feem'd than any tapeftry. 
That Princes bowres adorn with, pamted unag»ry. 

And M'^f^ bimfirlf to honoyr her the more. 
Did deck himfelf in frefiieft feir attire. 
And his high head, that feemeth always hone 
With hardned frofts of former winters ire. 
He with an qaken girlond now did tire. 
As if the love of fqme new Nymph late Jeen, 
Had in him kindled youthful frem defire. 
And made him chan^ Kis gray attire to green ; 
Ah gentle Mok ! fuch joyance b^th thee well bcfem. 

Was never fo great joyance fince the day 
That all the Gods whylome aflfemUed were 
On Hamus hill in their divine array. 
To celebrate th^ folemn brida] chear, 
*Twixt P.ileus^ and Pame neds pointed there % 
Where Pbwbus felf, that God of Poets hight. 
They fay did fmg the fpoufal hymn full clear. 
That all the Gods were ravifbt with delight 
Of his cclellial ibng, and muficki wondrous might. 

This great Grandmother of all creatures bred 
Great Jfature^ ever young, yet fuH of eld. 
Still moving, yet unmoved from her fted ; 
XJnfcen of any, yet of all beheld ; 
Thus fitting in her throne as 1 have teld. 
Before her came Dame Muiaiiliiy ; 
And being low before her prefence felld. 
With meek x)bcyfance and humility. 

Thus '^ her piaintiflF plea with wortls ta amplifjf'*' 

Canto Vn. THE FAIRY Q^UEEN. 471 


To thee, O greateft Goddefs, only great. 
An humble fuppiiaoc Ipe, 1 lowly fly 
Seeking for right* which I of thee entreat ; 
Who right to all doft deal indifierently, 

. Damning all wrong and tortious injury. 
Which any of thy creatures do to other 
(Oppreffing them with powre unequally^ 
Sith of them all thou art the equal Mother, 

And knittcft eaph to each, as brother unto Brother. 

XV. . 

To thee tbercfbre of this fame Jove I plain. 
And of his fellow Gods that feign to be. 
That challenge to thcmfelves the whole worlds reign \ 
Of which the greateft part is due to me. 
And heaven it felf by h^tage hi fee : 
For heaven and earth I both alike do deem, 

. Sith heaven and earth are both alike to thee \ 
And Gods no more than men thou doft efteem : 

For even the Gods to thee, as mep to Gods do feem. 


Then weigh, O foveraine Goddefs, by what right 
Thefe Gods do claim the worlds whole foverainty \ 
And that is only due unto my might 
Arrogate to themielves ambicicufly \ 
As for the Gods own principality. 
Which Jove ufurps unjuftly \ that to be 
My heritage, Jwi^ felf cannot deny. 
From my great Grandfire Titan^ unto me, 

Deriv'd by due delbent % as is well known to thee. 


Yet maugre Jovi^ and all his Gods befide, 
I do poflels the worlds moft regiment \ 
* As if ye pleafe it into parts divide. 
And every parts inholders co convent. 
Shall to your eyes appear incontinent. 
And (irft, the Earth (great Mother of us all) 
That only feems unmov'd and permanent. 
And unto MutaUUty not thrall ; 

Yet is (be chan^d in part, and e^ in general* 

Gg 4 

472 THE FAIRY Q^U E E N. Book VII; 


For all that fiironi her fprinKs, and is ybred. 
However fair it flourifli ^r a time^ 
Yet fee we foon decay •» and being dead. 
To turn again unto their earthly flime : 
Yet out of their decay and morul crime, , 

We daily fee new creatures to arife ; 
And of their winter fpring another prime. 
Unlike in form, and changed by ftrange diigutie : 

$0 turn they ftill about, and change in reftlefs yiiS^ 


As for her tenants ; that is, men and beafts. 
The bealb we daily fee maflacred dve, 

, ^s thralls and vai&ls unto mens beheafts ; 
And men themfelves do change continually. 
From youth to eld, from wealth to poverty. 
From good to bad, from bad to worft of aU. 
Ne do their bodies only flit and fly : 
But eke their minds (which they immortal call) 

Still change and vary thoughts, as new occafions falL 

Ne is the water m more conilant cafe ; 
/Whether thofe iame on high, or thefe below. 
For th'O'ceaa moveth flill from place to placo i 
And every riyer ftill doth ebb and flow : 
Ne any lake that feems moft ftill and flow, 
Ne pool fa fmall, that can his fmoothnefs hold. 
When any wind doth under heaven blow-. 
With which the clouds are alfo toft and roll'd ; 

^OYf Hke great hills ; and ftraightiikefluices them unfold. 


So likewife ^re all watry living wights 
Still tofs'd^ and t\irned, with continual change. 
Never abiding in their ftcdfaft plights. 
The Fifh, (^ill floating, do at random range. 
And never reft -, but evernoore exchange 
Their dwelling places , as the ftreams them c«rry ; 
Ne hav^ the wacry Fowls a certain grange. 
Wherein to reft, ne in one ftead do tarry ^ 

But flitting ftill do fly, and ftill their places vary* 

Canto Vn. THE FAIRY QUEEN* 471 


Next is the air : which who feels oot by fenfe 
(For .of all fenfe' ic is the middle mean) * 
Toflitftill? and with fubtil influence 
Of his thin fprite, all creatures to mamtain. 
In ftace of life ? O weak life ! that does lean 
On thing fo tickle as th' unfteady air ; 
Which' every hour is changed, and alterd clean 
With every blaft that blowech foul or fair : 

The fair doth it prolong ; the foul doth it iippain 

' Therein the changes infinite behold. 

Which to her creatures every minute chance ; 
Now boiling hot : llraight friezing deadly cold : * 
Now fair lun-(hine» that makes all flcip and dance : 
Straight bitter ftorms and baleful countenance^ 
That makes them all to ihi ver and to Ihake : 
Rain, hail,, and fnow do pay them fad pennance. 
And di-^adful thunder-claps (that make them quake) 

With flames and flalhing lights that thouland changes 

XXIV. [niakc. 

Laft is the fire : which though it live for ever, 
Ne can be quenched quite ; yet every day, 
We fee his parts, fo foon as they do iever^ 
,To lofe their heat, and ihortly to decay ; 
So makes himielf his own confuming prcy« 
Ne any living creatures doth he bfficd : 
But all that are of others bred doth (lay ; 
And with their death his cruel life doth feed ; 

Nought leaving, but their barren aibes, without feed« 


Thus all thefe four (the which the ground* work be 
Of all the world, and of all living wights) 
To thoufand forts of Change we fubjed fee : 
Yet are they chang'd (by other wondrous fli^ts^ 
Intq themfelves, and lofe their native mights ; 
The 6re to air, and th* air to water iheer, 
And water into earth : yet water fights 
With fire, and air with earth apprpachi^g near : 

Yet all are ip one body, ^nd, as one appear. 


474 ^'HE FAIRY QUEEN. JBookVlI| 

f xxyi. 

So in them all reigifst Atatabiiity ; 

However tbefe, that Gods themfelves do call^ 
Of them do claim the rule and fo^crainty r 
As Fejlaj of the fire asthereal ; 
Vulcan^ of this, lirith us fo ufual ; 
Opsy of the earth ; and Juno of the air ; 
Neptnne^ of Seas ; and Nymphs of rivers all. 
For all thofe rivers to me fufc^dk an : 

And all the reft, which they ufurp, bp all my fkai^ 


Which to approven true, as I have told, 
Voudhfafe, O Gdddefs, to diy prefence call 
The reft which do the world in being hold : 
As times aod feafons of the year that fall : 
Of all the which, demand in general. 
Or judge thy felf, by verdift of thine eye, • 
Whether to me they are not fubjeft all. 
Nature did yield thereto $ and by-and-by^ 

Bade Order call them all, before her Majefty. 


So forth iflu*d the Seafons of the year ; 

Firft lufty Springs all dight in leaves of flowres 
That frcflily budded and new bloofms did bear 
(In which a thoufand birds had built their bowits. 
That fweetly fung, to call forth Paramours : ) 
And in his hand a javelin he did bear, 
And on his head (as fit for warlike ftoures) 

• A gilt engraven morion he did wear \ 

That as fome did him love, fo others did him fear, 


Then came the jolly Summer^ being dight 
In a thin filken caflbck coloured green. 
That was unlined ail, to be more light : 
i\nd on his head a girlond well befeen 
He wore, from which as he had chauffed been 
The fweat did drop ; and in his hand he bore 
A bow and (hafts, as he in foreft green 
Had hunted late the Libbard or the Boar, 

And now would bathe his limbs, with labour heated fore. 

Canto Vn. THE FAIRY (^UEEN- 475 


Then came the Attttmn all in yellow clad. 
As though he joyed in his plenteous ftore. 
Laden with fcuits that made him laugh, full glad 
That he had banifht hunger, which to*fom 
Had by the belly oft him pinched fore. 
Upon his head a wreath, that was enrold 
With cars of com of every fort, he bore : 
And in hts hand a fickle he did hold. 

To reap the ripen'd fruits the which the earth had yotd. 

XXXI. ' 

Laftly came fPinter cloathed all in frize, 

Chattering his teeth for cold that did him chill, 
Whilft on his hoary beard his breath did fricfc % 
And the dull drops that from his purpled bill 
As from a limbeck did adown diftill. 
In his right hand a tipped ftaff he held. 
With which his feeble fVcps he ftay^ ftill • 
For he was flint with cold, and weak with eld s 

That fcarfe his loofed limbs he able was to weld. 


Thefe marching foftly, thus in order went. 
And after them, the months all riding came ; 
Firft, fturdy March with bix>ws full fternly bent» 
And armed ftrongly, rode upon a Ram, 
The fame which over Hellefppntus fwam : 
Yet in his hand a fpade he alfo hent. 
And in a bag all forts of feeds yfame. 
Which on the earth he ftrowed as he went, * 

And fiird her womb with fruitful hope of nouriflupenti ^ 


Next came frefli April full of luftyhed. 
And wanton as a Kid whofe horn new buds : 
Upon a Bull he rode, the fame which led 
Europa floating through tWjirgolick floods : 
His horns were gilden all with golden ftuds 
And sarnifhed with girlonds goodly dight 
Of all the faired: flowres and freiheft buds 
Which th'earth brings forth, andwet he feem*d in light 

Withwaves^^through which he waded for his Loves delight. 

47,6 .. T H E F AI R Y QU E E N. Book V^. 


Then came fair Mgf^ the faireft maid on ground^ 
Deckt all with dainties of her feafons pride, 
Afid throwing flowres out of her lap around : ^ 

Upon two brethren;! fhoulders (he did ride. 
The twins oi Leda\ which on either fide 
Supported her like to their foverain Queen. 
Lord ! how all creatures laught» when her they fpide. 
And leapt and danc'd as they had ravifht been ! 

And Cupid felf about her flutcred all in green, 


And after her, came Jolly Juney arcay'd 
All in Rreen leaves, as he a Player were; 
Yet in nis time, he wrought as well as play'd. 
That by his plough- irons mote right well appear : 
Upon a Crab he rode, that him did bear 
With crooked crawling fteps ^ uncouth pace. 
And backward yode, as Bargemen wont to faie 
Bending their force contrary to their face. 

Like that ungracious crew which feigns demureft grace. 


Then came hot Jufy^ boiling like to fire. 
That all his garments he had call away : 
Upon a Lyon raging yet with ire 
He boldly rode and made him to obey : 
It was the bead that whyloQie did forray 
The Nemsean foreft, till X.W Ampbytriopide 
Hini flew, and with his hide did him array ; 
Behind bis back a fithe, and b^ his fide 

Under his belt he bore a fickle circling wide. 


The fixch was Augu^^ beine rich array*d 
In garment all of gold down to the ground : 
Yet rode he not, but led a lovely Maid 
Forth by the lilly hand, the which was crown'd • 
With ears of Corn, and full her hand was found \ 
That was the righteous Virgin, which of old 
Liv*d here on earth, and plenty made abound ; 

. But, after Wrong was lov*d and Juftice fold, 

She left th' unrighteous world and was to heaven cxtold. 

Quito VII. THE fairy: QJJEEN. 477 

Next him, September marched eke on foot ; ^ ^ 
Yet was htf heavy laden wich the fpotl - 
Of harvvfts diches which he made his boot, 
And him enrichc with bouncy' of the ibil : 
In his one Hand, as fit for harv^efts toil,' 
He h^ld a kbife^hookf; and in th! other hand ' 
A pair of W€tg;bts, with which he did afSril '-" 
J Both mc»*e and kfs, where it in doubt did llirktf 
And equal gave to each as Juftice duly Ican'd^ > 

Then came 03(fker full of merry '^ee ^ ' 
For yei his noul was tottytrf the mufl", .* : * 
Which he was trading in^ the: wine- fats fee, ' 
And of the joyous oyl, whofe gei^rle guft* 
Made him ib frolick ahd fo fult of' lilft : » 
UpKdi a dreadfid Scorpion he did ride^ 
TheTasie .vbicLby Dr^tfAT doomunjuft 
^ Slew great Qyitf^fT and eke l^hia Me 
He iMd bis ploughitig Ihare^ and: coulter ready' tyde. 


J^txiw^Ncskmberyht full grofs and fat. 
As fed with larfivaod thar right wteil might "kitmi 
For he had. been- a fatting Hogs: of late, 
That yet his. brows wich fwe^t <lid reek and fte^^t 
And, yet theiieaibniwas full fliarp and breem i - 
tj»; planting ekclid took noTmaM delight: /*• ■ "^ 
Whereon he rodi^ hot eafie wis to deem ; '^ 
For it,adfeaidfid:!Ce9/^r wasr-in fighty A : • 

Tbji:ferf VSitfiilrffi/and.faif Nais^Cinrtm hight* <j 


Ai\d aftei[ hiin*; ^rainehexc the chill December t 
Yet he. through merry feafting. which he made, •* 
And great bonfifccs,\dtd nor thexold: remember ; 
Hitf Saviours birth his mind fa muchd^d glad:^ 

1 Upon a fhaggy-bearded Goat he rode^ 
The fame wherewith Dan Jofve in tender years. 
They fay, . was nourilht by tb' Lean maid ; 
And in his hand a broad deep bowl he beats; 

Of whiclj he Jfcely drinks a health to. all his: peers. •, * 



Then came oW Jmmmy^ wrapped wdl 
In many weedi to keep the coW away t -^ 
Yec did iH^ quake and quiver like. f3o quei)»^ 
And blow hia nails co warm them if he may : 
For they were mimb'd with holding all the day 
An hfuchct keen, with which he felled wood. 
And from the trees did lop the noedlefs fpray : . 
UjKMi an hugb gtieac eartfa*pot ftean he ftood ; [flood* 

From whofe wide mouth there flowed forth the JRoman 

Andlaftly, czmt<A\^ Fd^rtuny^ fitting ^ ' 
In an old wagon^ for he could not. ride \ 
Drawn^of two Fiftes for the feaibn fittir^i 
Which through the flood. before did ipftly Aide 
And fwim away*: yet had he by hid fide 
His plough and iharobfafit to till the ^^und^ 
And tools to prune the trees, before the pride : 
Of hafting prieie did makci them^butgein rovnd t 

So paft the twelve months forth^and the^rdiie olaceifoumE 


And after th^fe, there came the D^ and Nlgii^ 
^idi(^ together . both with equal pace» 
Th' one on a palfrey black, the odber ivhite i 
But Nigbi had coVer* d her uncomely filce 
With A black veil, and held in hand a maoe, * 
On top whereof the Moon and Stan were pigh^ 
And fleep and darkne& round about did trace t 
But D^ did bear, iipon^ his fceptert he%hi. 

The goodly Sun, enqompaft all with^ baamii M^ht» 


Then came the Hcurs^ fair daughters of high Jwe^ 
And tiodcly Nighty the which were ail eudu-d 
With wondroiis beauty fit to kindle love } 
But they were Virgins all, and Love efehewM 
That might forflack the diarge to them fore^fl>ew*d 
By mighty Jove \ who did them Porters make 
Of heavens gate f whence all the Gods iflfu'd) 
Which they did daily watch, and nightly wake 

By even turns, ne ever did their charge forfake« 

Canto Vn- THE FAIRY QUEER 47^ 


And after all came Life^ and laftly Demb % 
2)^41^ wirii moft grim and griefly vifage ieea» 
Yet is he nooght but parting of tlie breach ; 
Ne ought to fee, but like a ihade to ween» 
Unbodied, unfoul'd, unheard, vm&eo. 
But Ufe was like a fair younrg lufty boy, 
Sudh as they feign Dun QqM to have beeo, ^ 
Full of delightful health and liTdy joy, 

Deckt all with flowres, and wings of gold fit to employ^ 


When thefe were paft, thus 'gan the ^Mefi ; ' 
Lo mig^y Mother, now be judge a^ fay, 
Whether in, ail thy creatures, more or ^fs 
Change doth not reign and bear the grearafl fwny t 
For who fees not, that Time on all doth pty ? *« • * 
But times do change and mwt. continually. 
So nothing here long fkandeth m one ftay : 
Wherefore, this lower world who can deny 

But to be ful^eft ftill to Muiakb^ 


Then thus gan Jeve ; Right trae it is, that thefe' 
And all akings^lfe tbatunder lieaven dwdl 
Are chaftg*d of iMr, who^odi them all diileile 
Of being: Bum; who is it (to me tell) 
That Time itknielf doth nMvt and ftill compell 
To keep iiisoodrie? Is not that namely wt 
Which pour that venue ftom our heavenly ceH, 
That moves tfaemjail, ad makm them chianged be ? 

So ahem we^ fiods do rule, and m them aUa4i«e^ 


To whom, then MtuMBiy : The things 

Which we 6e not iiow they are mov'd and hri^d^ 
Ye may attribute to yourfelves as Kings, 
And fay they by your fecrstpowre are made t ' 
BxK what we fee not, who (hM vs perfuade? 
But were they fo, as ye them Mgn to be, 
Mov'd by your might, and ordred by yoor ttd ; 
Yet what if I can prove, d{at*evieli ye 

Yourielves:are4ikewilc chang-d, and fubjeS; unio me^ 

48a T.HE rAlRY QUEEN. BookVU. 


And firft, concerning her that is the fitft^ 
Even you fair Cynibia^ whom (o much ye make 
Jcves deareft darlings (he was bred and nurft 
On Cynibm hill, whence fhe her name did take i 
Then is fhe mortid born, howfo ye crake ; 
Befides, her face and couot'nancc every day 
We chaiigcd fee^ and fundry forms partake, [gi^7 ^ 
Now hornd, now round, now bright, ndw brown and 

So that as changeful as the M§m men uie to fayl 


Next, Mercury^ who diough he lefi. appear 
To chaiige his hue^ and always feems as one \ 
Yet he his courfe doch-alter every year. 
And \\ of late far out of order gone ; ^ 

So f%»«i eke, that goodly Paragone^ 
Though fair.all itight, yet is (he dark all day \ 
And Phcshm fejf, who I^htfome is alone^ 
Yet is he oft edipfed by the way. 

And fills the darkned world with terrour and difmay« 


Now A£iri.that vaKaot man is chaogpi moft : 
For he fometimea fo £ar runs out of fijuarei 
That.hcLhis way dothieem quite to have loft. 
And clean without his ufual fphore tx> hxt \ > - 

That evfin thefe Star-Lasers flonilht are 
At fighi thereof, and jdamn their iyios books : 
So lj£cwife, grim Sir Saium oft doth.fpare 
His ftera afpeft, and cahn his crabbed looks:. . 

So many ourn'mg cranks thefe have, fo many crookt* 


But you Dan y$ve^ th(t only conftant zrCf 
And Kihg of all (he reft, as ye do claim, 
Are you not fubjeft eke to this misfare i 
Then let me ask you. this without^ blfluae, . 
Where were ye bora ? ,Some fay in Cr^ by name. 
Others in Tbsbes^ and others other* where: 
But wherefoever they comment the fame. 
They all confent that ye begotten were, 

And born here in this world, ne other can appear. 



Then are ye mortal born, and thrall to me, 
Unlefs tljb Kingdom of the fky ye make 
Immortal, and unchangeable to be ; 
Befides, that powre and vertue which ye fpake. 
That ye here work, doth many changes take. 
And your own natures change : for, each of you* 
That vertue have, or this, or that to make. 
Is checkt and changed from his nature true, 

.fiy others oppofition or obliquid view. 


Befides, the fundry motions of your fphercs. 
So fundry ways and fadiions as Clerks feign. 
Some in fhort fpace, and fome in longer years ( 
What is the fame but alteration plain i 
Only the ftarry sky doth ftill remain : 
Yet do the ftars and-figns therein ftill move. 
And even itfelf is mov'd, as wizards fain. 
But all chat moveth, doth mutation love^ 

Therefore both you and tbem to me I fubjcft prove. 


Then fince within this wide great Univerfe 
Nothing doth firm and permanent appear. 
But all things toft and turned by tranfverfe : 
What then ftiould let, but I aloft fliould rear 
My trophy and from all, the triumph bear ? 
Now judge then (O thou greateft Goddefs true! 
According as thy feJf doft fee and hear. 
And unto me addoom that is my due, 

That is the rule of all, all being rul'd by you. 


So having ended, filence long enfu'd, 
Ne Nature to or fro fpake for a fpace. 
But with firm eyes affixt, the ground ftill vieVd. 
Mean while, all creatures, looking in her face, 
Exp^aing th*end of this fo doubtful cafe. 
Did hang in long fufpence what would enfue. 
To whether fide fhould fall the foveraine place : 
At length, ftiq looking up with chearful view. 

The filence brake, and gave her doom in fpeeches few. 
Vol. II. Ji b 



I veil confidrr all that ye have faid. 
And find that all thln^ ftedfaftnefs do hate 
And changed be : yet being rightly wcigh*d 
They are not changed from their firft cftatci 
But by their change their being do dilate : 
And turniog to themfetces at length again, 

- Do work their own perfe£Hoa fo by fate: 
Then over them Change doth not rule and reign j 

But they reign over Change, and do their ftates maintaio. 

Ceafe therefore Daughter further to afpire. 
And thee content thus to be rul'd by me : 
For thy decay thou feckft by thy dcfire j 
But time fhall come that all (hall changed be, 
And from thenceforth, none no more change Ihall fee. 
So was the Tita/ie/s put down and whift. 
And Jove conBrm'd in his imperial See. 
Then was that whole al&mbly quite difmift. 

And NlHnre's fetf did vanilh} whiter, no man wift, 


r *"■ " 

"He YlXUh Canto, imperfeSt, 


When I bethink me on that fpeech whyleai', 
0( ii&tahility, and well it weigh : 
Me feems, that though fhe all unworthy were 
Of the heav'ns rule ; yet very footh to fay. 
In all things elfe Ihe Isears the greateft fway. 
Which makes me loath this ftate of Hfe (a tickle* 
And love of things fo vain and caft away; 
Whofe fiowring pride, fo fading and fo fickle. 

Short TimihaM foon cut dswn wUh his confumlng fickle. 

Then '^n I think on that which Nature {aid. 

Of chat fame time when no more Change fhsll be. 

But fted^ reft of al] things firmly ftayd 

Upon the pllours of Etermty^ 

That is contrayr to MttabiUty: 

For all that moveth, doth in change delight. 

But thenceforth all ftiall reft eternally 

With him that is the God of Sabaoth hight: 

P that great Sab^th God, gr^Qt mc that Sabwths Hght^] 


[ 484 ] 


G L O S S A R y 

Explaining the 

Old and Obfcure Words, 

[N> B, LtOt* ftands fof Letting Pr, Frenchy ItaL Italian^ Sax. SaxoJh 


A Bear, to hear^ carry ^ demean. 
Abet, t9 vindicate, 
Abraidy rt^o^er'd^ raised out 
of J anvaked, 
^bufion, Deceit^ Ahufe. 
Aby, to ahidcy fuffer^ or endure, 

dear aby pay dear for. 
^ccloy , to ^ckjy fill «/. 
Accoied, daunted, 
Ac<^o\V^,JlandiKg in a Circle, 
Accrued colte^edj Jh-win^ together, 
Adaw, fometifnes fignifies to ^ aiato. 
Adaw'dy aiAj^d, confounded j 
Adore, for adorn. Fairy Queen, 

B. 4. Canto 1 1, ^tan, 46. 
Adrad or Ad red, affrighted. 
Advizement, Counfely Advice, 
AfFrap (from the French Frapper. 

Affray, Terror^ Tumult ; to^right- 

en, [Fr.) 
^fFy, to hetrotb, 
^ghaft, affrighted^ afionifl^d, 

Agg**^^^* '^ E^^^ity* '^ pleafe, 
Aggf ize, to aftonijh^ or to gi*ve ai^ 

horrence, (Sax,) 
Aglets, {Ft, Aguilette) Points, 
Aguife, to put on an appearance, 
^gixis'dy /etforthj adorned, /eeming; 

as well aguis'd^ /, e, ofgoodgutfe 

nuell-feeming, ^ 
Albe* altho. 

Aleg, (Fr, alleger) to ^leviatg^ 

Alegeance, Mitigation, 
AlgateSy nevertheUfs ; fometimes it 
JignifeSf by all means ^ ivhelly^ or 
All, fometimes us* d for altho. 
Alia Turchefca, in tU Turkifi 

Als, for alfp, 

Amate, to diftrefs^ terrify^ fuhdue. 
AmearsM, fined, 
A menage, manage, 
Amenaunce, Carriage ^ Bebatnt^ur^ 
Axni^ Apparel. 
A pay,, to re(fuite^ f^tify* P^% 
Appal, tofail^ to terrify, 
Appeach, to accufe, 
Arear, haek'warde\ ^ l^gglfg* ^ 

back-word Pace, 
Aread pr fireed, to ad^uifi, appoint^ 

to tell 01^ to guefs, (Sax,) 
Areeds, Adn^ices^ Difcourfes^ 
Arew, in a Rotv, 
Arraught, reach' d^fnatcb^d^ Jetxd. 
Arret, fometimes fignifies Decret^ 
Afcaunce, a^wry^ 
Aflake, to appeafe^ toflakete^ 
Aifiay (from affail) attack, 
Aflon'd, or altound, afionifi>^d. 
Affoiled, abfoh'd, di/charg'd, trfd, 
^ftoc, to befot, ettcei've^ maJu a 
' J^lo/. 



Aftcrt, f6 flunk, 

Attached, feiz.'d, 

Attone (i, e. At one) togetbhr. 

Acween, het^ween* 

Avail, (a Noun) Pricey *va/ue, 

A vale, (a <verb) to lo^er^ or bring 

dO'-wHj or to d^cend (Fr,) 
Avaunting, for aJ^uancing, 
Avengement, Rtirnge, 
Avife, (Fr. ivikrj to heboid^ pr 

ohfer-vty to be fenjible of, 
Aamaird, enameWd. (Fr,) 
Avour, (from the Fr. avoucr^ 

Awhape, to ajlonijh^ terrify, 
Ay» e<ver^ 

Aygulets, Points, (ffr,) 


BAfful'd, bajled, betit. 
Bale, Sorrow, Misfortune ; 
• /■/ original(y fignijies Burden, 
Baleful, yflrrtf«i<y«/, unfortunate^ full 

of Harm. 
Ban, to curfe, to execrate. 
Barbs, BoJJes or Orn'ameHts in tbe 

Trappings of a Horfe* 
Barbed, emboffed. 

• Barbican, an outer Gate^ or Porcb, 

or a Waub-Toioer, 

Bailed, fo^-wed^ <wrougbtk 

•Bate, did beat. 

'Bauldrick a Be/t; Bauldrick of 
the Heavens, tbe Zodiack^ in 
n.vhich are tbe tivel*vejigns, 
I Bay, to bark* hi one place^ viz. 
Fairy Ciueen, Boolk i. Canto y. 
Stanza 3. Spenfer ufes it to fig- 
nify to bathe, cherijh or foment^ 
perhaps from the German baben^ 
luhich has the fame Signification* 

fiead'Olen, p^^J'fg Men, i. e. 
Perfons feparated to De^votion* 

Beath'd in fire, hardened in the Fire. 

Beauperes, Companions, Equals. 

Beavy, a Company, 

Bcd/tfr bid, to pray, 

• fiedight, drefs*d, adorn d. 
Behed, comma fid. 

Behight or behotie, calPd, named; 
mndjimttimes bid, promised fgavi. 

Bcll-Accoil,/7ir Reception, {Fr.) 

Belamour, Lo'ver, 

Belainy, Friend ^ from 4he Fr, Ei!lt 

Beldame, formerly Jignify*d tbtfatnw 
>^aj Dame no-w, an Appellation of 
Refped to li 'omen of ordinary Rank* 
Belgards (from the Fr. belles Re- 
gards^ btautiful Looks, 
Bends, Burrs placed crojs nuays* 
Benempc, bf^uehtb^d, named. 
Bent, (from bend) is Jometimes pai 
for yielding or complying. 
Bents a German Iford) Bulrs^s* 
htx^, fometimes ftgnifies Weighty 

Preffure or Bearing. 
Beleen, as Courtcfy well befeer, 

/. ft Court ^ bearing a good aj- 

pe^t handjom Treatment. 
Bcfprint or befprent) befprinkled% 
Bellad, befet, opprejs'd-, ill beftad, 

ill b^ety or put into an ill Condi-^ 

Beteem, deliver, 
Betight, bet^e, befah 
Bickerment, Strife, 
Bilive, forthwith, immediately. 
Blatant-Beaft, DetraSion reprefeiit* 

ed as a Monfter. 
Blent, y^r blended, mingled*, fomi- 

times hltiil Jignijies blinded, 
Blefs ; Spenfer has us'd this W&d 

/* J'S^i/y *be ijoawng or blan^ 

di fifing of a Snvord, Fairy Qaeen, 

Book I . Canto 5. Stanza 6, and 

Canto 8. Stanza 2Z. ' 
Blin, to ceafe.CSax,) 
Blid or bleil, 'Fr, blcfle) woum/eJ* 
BlooiTm, for Bl<^om^ 
Bolts, Arronus, 
Bond, for bound. 
Bonnibel, a fair Maid, A com* 

pound of the Fr. bonneSi belle. 
Boon, (Sax, Btnt) fometimes Jigm* 

fies Prayer, 
Boot, to avail. 

Bootlefty unavailing, unfrofitabk* 
Bord, Jeft. 
Bord, {a verb) to accofl ; fivsit tbt 

Fr. A border, /• apfroacb* 




A G L O S S A R It: 

Bordragings (Fairy ^etn^ Book z. 

Canto lo. Stanza 63.) tbisfiems 

to bt a made Word^ ^^fiv^^fy ^"* 

curJiouSf or ravaging tit Borders • 

' BoiTcly mdey cbwnij»» 

Borrow^ Pledgor Snrety^ Deht. 

Bcifs of a Shieldf the convex or rai^d 

BoughtSy CircttlarFolds or Windings. 

Boorfit Torrent. (Sax,) 

Brac'd or brad, Innfi. 

Bfade» for Broad. 

Bragy proudfy. 

Brandy fometimes fignifies a Tire- 
trandi and is fotnetimis us^d by 
Spenier for a Smmrd^ from the 
M Ranick Brandary a Stoord; 
from ^whence perhaps is derit/d the 
Word brandijb. 

Branfles, (/*r.) Brawnb^ a fort of 

Breein« or breme, ferce^ fiercely. 

Breiiy hum. 

Brent, burnt. 

Brond. A7^. Brand. 

Brondiron, Sword. 

Bofiry a Blow. 

Bug, Bug-hear. 

Burgein, tofpring orjhoot out, (fr.) 

Buskets [a Diminuti*ve) little 

Buxom, yielding, i^ax^ 
* Bynempt, named. 


CAitlff or Caidve (Lat. Cap- 
tivus^ Slame or Capti'ue. 
Comas a thin Gown. 
Canon, Rule, Ruling. 
Caik, Care. (Sax^J 
Call, a Clown. (Sax) 
Carol, tofing Songs of Joy. 
Carven, to cut. 
Caufen, (Fr. csaifsrj to argue or 

Certes, certainly. 
Chaffed, foldy exchan^d. 
Chair, chary or charily. 
Chamfred, bent 9 crooked. 
Chauf, Heatt wrath. (Fr.) 
Chifk-laton, afort of cbe^uer^d Stuffs 

Cheer, Countenance^ AfpeS^ Healthy 

Chevalry, an old Fr. WordfigniJ^ 

ing Knighthood, deri^f*doriginaJfy • 

from Chevalier, an HerfemanJ 
Chevalrous, knightly. 
Cheviiaance, Jtcbievement^ P/r« 

formance : fometimes it figrup» 

Cleped (Sax. depian, u call) 

called, nasned. 
Complot, Plot. 
Coraorous, cumberjome. 
Con, to learn, to know. 
Concent, from the Lat. Concentutg 

concert, of voices, harmony. 
Concreve, (from the Lat. concidco 

to^grotw together. 
Conge, Leave. (Fr*) 
Conn'd, leaned. 
Conteck, Contention. Strife. 
Convenable, agreeable, (Fr,) 
Corb, crooked. 
Corbs, an Ornament in Architect 

Corona], Cro^von^ Garhaid* 
Cotes, Sheepfolds. 
Covetiie, Covetoufnefs. 
Coord, as eoul'd is good tor all, i. e. 

difpens^d his Bounty ; ptrhapsfrom 

the Fr. coaler^ tofireem. 
CoMTit, Account ', of count, i.e. of 

Account or Value. 
Coanterfefaunce, counterfeitii^. 
Cour'd, for covered. 
Couth, (from ken or ask) tn knom 

or he skilful in. 
Cragg, Nick, 
CraRe. to crack or boafi. 
Craven, Coward, or consuirdly* 
Credeace, Belief. 
Craddy, concreted, coagulated, 
Crumenal, Purfe. 
Culler, a Phugh-fiaft* 


DA N, 4M old title fydfni^ 
malttr, like th$ SpatnJbOwu 




])aitAign tr darreigne, to atumft 

or chaiUttgi (m it is u^^ in 

Chaucer^ or to ^eparifir Fighti 
frmm dai«n to 4ar$y or from tht 

Fr. d'arraoger* to dhwv t^ or 

difpofe in ordiT. 
Dearnly; tarneftfy^ 
Dearlingy Darlings, 
DecrewMy decrtaid, 
Deemen, dttm^fuffofi* 
Deieaianoe^ doftating. 
T>dSif^ finely £r nimUy. 
Dclicos, (Fr,) Dtlights, frrM th$ 

Lot. Delicis. ^ 
Dell or Delve* P//, or HoU in the 

Demean, fit Demesmur ; fitnutimu 

it figures to dihati. 
Derring-do, Bold Dudtt Manhud^ 

Dempt, dunudf thou^t. 
Depeinten, fainttd* 
Defcrive, de/cribe. 
Defs, Sent. 
Devikful, fall ^ Invention or Ccn^ 

Devoir, Duty. (Fr.) 
Diapafe, a Word borronj/d from 

Diapafon in Mufick, 'which fig- 

nifies the moft perfrd Harmony. 
Dight, or ditc, to make ready ^ dr^t 

adorn. (Box.) 
Dirk, deark, or to darken. 
Difiivaance, t^ nvithdrawk 
Difeafe, frr Uneafin^s. 
Dticoure, frr di/cover. . 
Difcufe'd (Faify ^ueen. Book J. 

Canto I. Stanza 48.^ Jhaken off 

Lat. difcoflus. 
DiHoinM, remote. 
Diible, to di/eipline. 
Diy redden (a made Word)Jpread. 
Diipurveyance, <want ofProvifion. 
Diuraaght* draiwn\ Jometimes it 

fignifies diftraaed or eonfufed. 
Doen, dontf ^tuadi^ or to make^ 

Doen to die, i. e. nuide to dio* 

' ptt to death, 
Dool, Dole, or Dolour, (lat. DciorJ 

Pain; Grief. 
JkX^tsputof ^^ 

IMotoatf pai^fldf •rfrUrfgritf^ 

Don, to put on. 

Dortourt (Fr.) Dormitories, Lodg^ 

ingsfrr Monks. 
Doughty, valiant, fiout. 
Drad, frr Dread, to h flm^JU 

Drapeu (Fr.) Limn Clothts. 
Drear, Sorrow. 
Dreary, mournful. 
Dreat, drovtn^d* 
Dreriment, Sorro^frlntfs^ 
Prowfy*li<d, Dro^fyne^s. 
Dorefs (Fr,)(jos^finmntnt, Imprifin^ 



EATH, #15^. (Sast.) 
Earft, formerly, awhile ago. 
Eke, ajfo; /ometime* it is a /V^, 

and fignifits to augment or em- 

Eft, after, again. 
Ffcfoons, quickly. 
Eld, Old Jge. (Sax.) 
Elft, Fairies, from the Sax, iEIfcn* 

ne, nvhichjigntfies SpirJSt 
EKin,the J^edi^ve o/£i/i asEi&n 

Knight, /. e. Fairy Knight. 
Erobrave (a made Word) to make 

hrave or fine, to dr^s. 
Embay, to cher^h, foment, or hathe. 
Embofs, this Word in onepldce (vix. 

Fairy Queen, Book 3* Canto I. 

Stanxa 64 J feems derived from 

the Lat. imbuere, to ftain or 

imbrue ; and fo figniftes to dip 

their Hands in the /poll, or take 

Pqifeffton of it. 
Emboli, covered, overlaid; a Word 

borrovJd from raised Works in 

ArchiteQure or Carving. In one 

place (Ydxry Queen, Book 3. 

Canto 12. Stanxa ij.) it feems to 

fignify purfued. 
Eme, an Uncle by the Mother^ 

Side. (Sax.) 
Empare, impair, ^weaken* 
Empeach, (from theFr. cmpcchcr^ 

i$ binder, 
Empight^ >fy, placid. 

4 Emprifii 



EmpTiCCf EMterprifiy Undittakingj 

Enaunter, left that, 

Encheafon, (Gld Fr.) Occafion^ 

Eodoisy/vr indor/i ; /« our/Zr or etn 
grave upon, 

Endor'df hardened (Lat, indaro.^ 

Enfouldred Smoke (Fairy ^een) 
Book I . Canto 1 1 . Stanza 40, 
i. e. Smoke mix^d nAntb- Flames^ 
and tbnftvn oat like Lightnings 
from the Fr. fbuldroyer, to dart 

' thunderbolts^ or to blaft <witb 

li.ngorgcdf fticking in one"*! Throat. 

EngrafFed, ingra/fed^ implanted. 

Ennaunc'dy raised. 

Enfample, Ex/ample. 

Eafeems {Fairy ^een. Book 4. 

Canto II. Stanza 35O ^ made 

Word^fignifiing to breeds perhaps 

from en or in and the Fr. fcmer, 

to fonu Seed. 

Entail (Itai. Intaglia) Engraving. 

Enterdeal, Mediation. 

^ntcrpTikfJometimesftgni£es to give 
Reception to iMy one. 

£ntertake« to entertain. 

Efchew, avoid. 

Efloin (from the Fr. efloigner) to 
nvithdranv to a diftance* 

Efloin, excufe. 

Ewftes, Lixards. 

Excheat, Accident ; er a Property 
fallen to one in any thing. 

Extirpe {Lot. excirpare) to root out* 

Extreat, Extra^ion* 

£yne» Eyes. 

Eyas Hawk, a young Hanvk ne^wly 
fiedgd^ and fit far Flight. 


FADE, is fometimes us'd by 
Spenfer and others for vaniji?* 
Thus Sbakefpear-— >// ^ed at the 
cronsjing ef the Cock. Hamleu 
Falfed his blows, t • e. made Feints% 
or falfe Blovji to deceive bis 

Fare» to go. 

Fay, Faiths Truth; fometima if 

Jignifies Fairy. 
EsLytoTy Doer; Falfe Faytor, a 

Fcaren, to frighten. 
Feculent (Lat.)fQuU full of Dregs* 
Feer, or Fere, Companion. 
Fell {Lat.) Gall. 
Ferm, as Belhly Fenn, F^ ^neen^ 

B. i- C. 5. St. 23. L cfleftyfy 

Prifon, perhaps the Fr. fermer, 
* . to lock up. 
Fiaunt, Warranif 
Flight, Arrow. 

Flit, tofluQuate^ to he in motiom, 
Flourcts (a Diminutive) BUfptmst 

er little Flowers. 
Foemen, Foes. 
Foil {Lat. Folium) Leaf; Gddcn 

Foil, Leaf Gold. 
Foin'd, pujl/d. . 
Fon, Fool. 
Fone, Foes. 
Fond, for found. 
Fordo, undo. 
Fordone, undone^. 

Forehent^ /f/ssV, caught hold of. 
Foreiay, renounce. 
Foieiaid, forbid. 
Foreby, before and near to any 

Forethink, to repine^ or be concern d 

at anj thing. 
Forlore, put by poetick Licence for 

Forlorn (Seix ) loft^ abandoned, in 

a dejperate Condition. 
Forray, to forrage^ to prey npont 

fometimes it is a Noun and fignifiet 

Forrage or Foraging. 
Forfwonk, vxaryd^ over-lahour^d. 
Forfwat, exhaufted vnth Svnai^ 
Fortilage, Fort. 

Forworn, m»uh vMm. . > 

Foftcr. for Forefter. 
Fouldring (Fr.) thundring^ blaftittg 

vsitb Lightning. 




Foyfon, Plenty. 

Franklin, a Per/on of a liBtral Cgh- 

dition fr £eha*viour, a Freeman nr 

Frannion, one of too free or looft 

Fray, to frighten. 
Frcnne, Stranger, 
Fri ze, fotnetimes put for freeze* 
irowy, mujfy. 


GAGE, PJe/ge. (Fr.J 
Galage, a Wooden Shoe, from 

the Fr. Galoche. 
Gan, yir hegan. 
Gazement, gascsng. 
Gear, Furniture , Equipage ^ Drefs, 
Geafon, perplexing, 
Gek, Gold. 
Gent, for gentle • 

Germany Brother f or near Kinjman, 
Geib, {Lot. Gefb) Deeds^ Aaiont, 

Giambeux (Fr, Jambes^ Legs: 
Giulis and Turnameats, an old 

manner of Jingle Comhat on Horfe- 

back nuith Spears and Stvords, 
Glade, an opening in a Wood, 
Glaive, Sword. (Fr,) 
Glitterand, glittering ; a Participle 

uid by Chaacer and the old Poets, 
Glee (Sax.) Gladnefs, 
Glenne, a Country Hamlet or 

Glode (Fairy^uien^ Book^. Canto 

4. Stanza 23.) Jignijiet glanc'd^ 

or ih 'writ by poetick Licence for 

Gaarre (a made Word) to f nor I or 

Gondelay {ItaL Gondola) Boat. 
Goodlihead, Goodlinefs. 
Gorge [Fr.) Throat, 
Grail, isfometimes us* d for Gravel* 
Greave, for Grove, 
Gvce, (from the Fr, Grc) Liking, 

Satisfadion^ Pkafure\ as avith 

goodly Gree (Fr, a bon Gre) 

tuith Complacency or Delight, 

Sdmetimes Grcc // us*d for 

Gre«c, to exclaim^ cry out, complain. 
GriefFul, /W/ of Grief 
QnipXty fgnifies one that f notches any 

thing greedily^ or a griping Miftm 
Griilie or GrieHy drcadjuii, hideou:^ 
Groom, Shtpherd, Her df man. 
"Guerdon, [Fr.) Re-ward^ Prisu* . 
Guilen, to beguile or deceive. 
Guileful, deceitful. 
Guife, Form^ Habit ^ Condition. 
Gyre {Lot. Gyrus) a Circle, Riffgi 

a turning round, 


HAbcrgcon, a piece of Armour 
. covering the Head and Shoul- 

H/ible {Jjat, habilis) espt, nimble. 

Halfendeal, half a Compound Word i 
en deal (from the Sax. Dx\)Jig' 
nifies in partition, 

Hallidom, Holy Dame ; as by my 
Hallidom, an Oath by the Vlr" 
gin Mary. 

Han, for have, 

Haqueton, a Piece of Armour. 

Harbrough, Harbour, 

Mardiment or Hardyhed, Hardf' 
nefs, Boldnefst Daring. 

Harrow, to lay vaafte^ to deftroy. 

Harrow / [an interje^ion) Alas ! tm 
old Word frcm Cbaucer ; Haro 
is a Form of Exclamation antienffy 
m*din Normandy to call for Heip, 
or to raife the Hue and Cry, 

Haught, put by poetical Licence fir 

Heben [Lat, Hebenum] Ebony. 

Hem, them. 

Hend, to bold, or to take bold ofi 

Hent, feis^d^ caught hold of, 

Herfal, for Rehearfal. 

Hcry, or herie, to praife or cele* 
brate, [Sax,) 

H^ft or Heaft, Comsnand, Precept. 

Heydeguies, a fort of Country 

HiCj to go, to hafleit. 




Hight {Sx.) is named &r talPJl. 
Hilding, a Term of Refromeb iMre^ 

viatid/rem Hinderlittgy "juhich 

fignifies degenerate. 
fiood, CondiHon, State: This Word 

is eft in us^d in CompomuUy as 


Hooi^ &c. 
Hore er Hoar, nxhiti \ fometimet ii 

fipufiii jqualUdy filthy^ rough. 
Hot or Hote (from hight) nvos 

calfd or namd. Hote fometimes 
' fig>i\fies 4&d name, or make mention 

Hove, for heanje* 

HottfliDg Sacramental fire, ns^d in 
a religions Ceremonjf. Hufel in 
Sax,Jignifiis the Enchetrifi. 

Humblefs, Humility, 

Harlen forth, rnfis forth. 

Hurtling, thm^ing\ fotmtimes it 
fignifies fiirmijbing. 

Idleis, Idknsfs, 
Impe, Qbild or Offsprings from 

the Sax* iinpan, to graft or plant. 
Impeach, isJometinusus^diySpcn- 

ler in the Sen/e of the Fr. empe- 

cher, to hinder^ 
Xbcontinent {Lot. i&contiiieiiter] 

Ingate, Entrance. 
IntCDdiment {Fr.) Underfianding. 
Intofe, Bmi/e. (Lat.) 

joja^r} ^^'^'"*^ Di^erHon. 

Ire {Lot. Ira) Anger* 


KEE P, Cuflody or Chargei to 
take Keep, to take Charge of, 

to Icok after asiy thing, 
Keight, caught, 

Kenni to kno^Wt ^^Jh* ^^ difcover. 
Kerns, an Irifh IVord fignifying 

Cotsntrymon or Boors* 
Kefi, for cafi. 
Kefars, C^fars^ Emperors, 
Kcftrel, a fort $f llawk of the bafer 


Kidft, doft knono* 
Kilt, for kilPd. 
Kirtle, a ffomasfs Gowtt^ 
Kon'd (for ken'd) knew^ 


LAD j for led. 
Laid, taint* 
Latched, caught. 
Lay or Lea, a PieU, a Piece of 

Lands or Meadow. 
Leach [Sax. Laece) Ph^iast. 
Leafing^ Lye\from tho Sax. Leaf«» 

Ledden, Language, {Sax.) 
Leef, fwilling. 

Leer or lear, DoSrine^ Learning ; 
. from the Saxk leran, to reach. 
Leefe^ lo/l^ 
Leman (ftont the Fr. L*aniaiit) 

Lotfer, Mifirefs. 
L'Envoy {Fr.) the Epilogni after m 

Copy of yerfet. 
Lenger, longer. 
Left, lift en. 
Ijtrtr (Sax,) rather. 
Levin, Lightning. 
Levin^Brond, 1 hnndertolt* 
Libbard, Leopard. 
Lich, like. 
Lief, heloved {Sax, Leof fignsfks 

dear) Liefeft Life» /• <• deareft 

Lie, or Uggen-s to Ue. 
LiSed out his Tongue^ for hUed 

outs &c. 
Lived mortally /. e. lived among 

Livelood, LvoeUnefs^ Li*oelihood^ 
Loord ; ais lazy Loord, idie Fellow. 
Lope, leaped, 
Loic or lorn, loft ; Sax. lorian^* 

niftes to peri/hf to he left. 

Lorn, to bow or hendi « Word us d 

hf Chaucer. 
Lover or Ijsjov^^ a CUmney^ or 

Opening in the Roofrfa Cottage. 




l.(i(ki(hnefs» Lacine/s. 
Lu(ly*hed, Lufiinefs^ Vigour. 
- Luftlefs (/. /. mt lufiy) weak. 
Lyeke» like. 
Lythe, .^- 


MAGE {Lot. Magos) Magici^ 
a'an, Enebanter. 
ane, Mahomet i by Mahomie. 

iy Mahotnet, a Saracen Oath. 
Make {a Noun) a Matey Con/orti 

from the Sax. Maca^ 
Make {a Verb) to compofe Verfes ; a 

literal TranJlaHon of the Greek 

voiirf, tubeuce our Engliifa fVord 

Mall, a <verbf to beat or pound* , 
Maleficcs, e'vil Deeds. 
Malegine, e^il Artifice or Stratagem, 
Mahal ent, Ill-will. 
Martelled (Fr ) hammer d, heat. 
Mated, conquer d, fubdud. 
Maugre iFr. MalgreJ in/fight if. 
Mazer, a Wooden BoiuL 
Meare {JSax, Mera) Boundary. 
Medle, to mingle. 
Medled or medlyed, mingled. 
Meed, tieward, Priw. 
Ment, or meinC, mingled. 
Mell {Fr. mefler) to intermeddU. 
Merciable, merciful. 
Mefprife, Scorn. (Fr.y 
Mickle, Much. 
Mieve, for move. 
Minifh^d, for dindiafi^d. 
Miniments, ^Toys. 
Mirk, darky oh/cure. 
Mirkfome, obf cure filthy, 
Mifcreatedy created an^fs^ ill-begot* 

Mifcreant, originally fignifies Infidel^ 

or one of a tvrong Belie/, — a 

vile IVretch, 
M\{(iofietformifhtU e, t6 do amfi, 
Miffare. Miffortune, 
MiAeek, VyUke, 
Mifter ; as Miiter Wight, Kind of 

Perjoni MiAer Mal^ly^ Kind of 

Miftereth not| ntedt not. 

Mifween, toMisjudgi. 

Mochel) much. 

Mold-warps, Moles. 

Morion //r.) Head-^fiecey Hebniet* 

MoCt, did mete or meafure. 

Moantenance, the Amount of aeg 

things Quantity, Difianci. 
Mu'chel, much^ 
Mured ap» clofeduf, 

[N. B. rhe Letter N is often addtdl 
by Spenfer at the End of a Word 
(jometimes to lengthen it a Syllahle) 
as Eyen, Eyes, Skyen, Skies^ Sec. 
ande/peciai/fin Verbs, as riewen, 
to vienif, doen, to do, &c. in 
nvhich he folhwf the oldSzxou 

NA R, near or nearer. 
Nasy has not. 
Nathemore, not the more. 
Nathlefs, net the lefs^orneverthelefi* 
Ne, nor. 

Needments, Necejfariis. 
Nempt, named. 
Net, clean. (Fr.) 
Newell, Novelty. 
Nil!, twill not. 
Nimblefs, Nimhlen^s, 
Noul [Sax.) the Crown Sf tie Head, 
Noal'd, <wouldnot, 
Nourfle* tonurfe. 
NourAing, Nurfe ; fometimes it fig* 

nifies that vohich is nursed* 
Noyance, Harm. 
Noy'd, annoyed or hurt. 
Noyours, hurtful or balefuL 


OVercniw, to crotv owrf to rn- 
Over-hcnt, overtook, 
Overgraft, overgrown vjith Graft % 
Overwent, overvohehnd. 
Oaght, ovined. 
Gut-well, ^^901; out^ yield enf, 

Owchcs, Boffet^wr B9nm.t>f Gold 





PAisM, for foud. 
Palfrey, a Horfei tnoft com' 
moftfy it Jignijles fuch Horfaosari 
kept for Women. 

Jail (Lot. Palliam^ a roht. 
alnier^ Pilgrim, Thofe wuho re* 
turn d from the Holy Wear 'wer^ 
frfi called fo^ becaufe they bore 
hrancbes or fiava of P Aim-trees 
in their hands , as a Jignal that 
' they beid fought e^geuuft the Inji* 

dels in the Holy Larrd. 
Pannikcll.^a//, cro-iAm of the head. 
Paragon (Fr.) Example^ Pattern^ 
Precedent^ Comparifan ; Jometitnes 
it Jignifics Companion^ as Fairy 
Queen, Book 3. Canto 10. Stanza 

Patavaunt (Fr.) hy chance. 

Par break, «uomit. 

Peark, hri^. 

Ptaze (for Poife) Weight. 

Peece, isfometimes ujedfor a Place 

0/ frengthj a Fort, or Pojl. 
Pcregal, equal 
Perfent, piercing ; in one Ptace^ *vizi 

Fairy Queen, Book 3. Ca/fto 9. 

Stanxa 20. it is ufed for pierced.. 
Per die (Fr< par Die u) en old Oat hk 
Pheer, Companion^ 
Piglet, pitched, placedj fx'd. 
Pill, to rohf to piUage. 
Pionings, Works oj Pioneers* 
Plain y to complain. 
Plaint,. Complaint. 
PIcafance, tleafure^ 
Plight, circumfiances^ condition^ 
Poinant, Jharp^ piercing. 
Point, as armed to point, t. e. 

armed compleatly. 
Portefs« a Prayer-Book^ or Pocket- 

Book of Devotion ; from the Fr, 

porter, to carry. 
Portaunce, Behaviour; from the 

Fr. fe porter, to heha*ve one^s 
Pottffe, Peafe. 
Preafe or Preacc, Cro*wd. 
Preacing, tro^wding. 

Pricking on the Plain, i. r. ridtjQl 

on the Plain, 
Prief^ Proof. 
Pricve, to pro^ue. 
Prow, valiant, proweft mo/l ^oali- 

^fff ; /^''Jw whence Prowefs, «i^tf * 

Proyn'd, pruned^ 
Paiffance (Fr.) Powei-^ Might. 
PuilTatft (Fr.) powerful^ mighty. 
Pur fled I fiourijbed *mith a NeedU % 
from the Fr. poilrfiler. 

OUald, fuhdu'd (a made Wrd, 
perhaps inftead of quaiPd or 
Qaail, to languijh. 
QOaint, itice^ cwiotts, 
Queint, quenched. 
Queem or quean), pleafe. (SaSt.) 
Q^i\i,fometimes us^d by Spenfer/o*- 
die. Cwellan iu Sax. fignifiei 
to kill. 
Qucft, exploit. 
Quich, tofiir. 

Quight or quite, to deli-very to free^ 
Quite; to requite. 
Quited, requited, return d, 
Quook, did quake i 


RA D, for did read t or guefs^d. 
Rail, to run along. 
Rain, for reign. 
Raft, renty tore. 
Ramp, to panUf or to fly oui Uke a 

mad Horfe. 
Rathe, early. 
R aught, did reach* 
Ray, for array. 
Read or Reed, et Proverb^ Dot" 

trine, or Prophecy. 
Read or reed, fometimej Jignifes to 

ad^ife^ and fomttisnes to guefs or 

Reave, to bereafve, or take enjcay 

Rebut, rebound, recoiL repel. {Fr.} 
Reck, to reckon, account, 
Recoar*d,. recover d, 




Itecreanty out »/ bopt^ untrujly^ 
co*wardly ; from re, vjbtcb u 
/onuiimis a negative^ and creant, 

Kecule (Fr,) to recoil^ to give <w^. 

Recare, to recomer^ to repair. 

Reeks, for nckons. 

Reft, bereft^ defrini'd. 

Ik^zit^ fomitimts fi^mfia to bring 
back again, or refore, 

Relivcn, to li*v€ again, 

Rchns,/ir runs. 

Renvers'd overturn d. (Fr.) 

Remcrcy'd, tbank^d. {Jr.) 

Replevy, to redeem a FUdge. 

RefianCy Rejident. 

Relrait Ital. Ritratto^ Fiaure^ 

Rcverfe, (Lat, Revertcre^ to re- 

Re veil, to cloatb again. 

Rcw (for rue) to grieve, or fity. 

Ribauld, a debaucod Fellow. 

¥Ah, frequent. 

Riot, Debaucbery, 
Riven, rent, fplit, torn* 
RontSy young Bullocks. 
Ilofiere (Fr.)Rofe-tree. 
Rote, a barf or lyre. 
Royne (Fr. ronger) to bite^ or 

Rue (fometimes Spenfer ^writes it 

re*w) to grieve, fity. 
Ruth, fity. 


Sell, Saddle ; perbapsfrom tbe Lat. 

Sella, a feat. 
Semblannt or Semblaance, refeM- 

blance^ appearance. 
Senefchal, a Frffident, Goveruaur, 

or Steward. 
Sew, to follow. 
Sheen, Jbtning, brigbtnefi., 
Shend, to dijgrace, tojfoil. 
Shot in Vears, advancdin Years* 
Shrift or thriving, Confrjjion. 
Shriffht, fhrieFdi fometimes it is a 

Noun, and fignifes a Jbrieking^ 

or crying out. • 
Shrilling, for Jbrill. 
Sib, of kin. 
Siipb, for Jucb. 
Siege, Fr. Seat. 
Sike^ fucb, 
Siker, Jure, fureiy, 
Sikernefs (i. e, Surenefs) Safety^ 
Simplef), Simplicity. 
Sin; for fince. 
Singults (Lot.) Sigbs. 
Sich (a Contraaion of t*uw Word/, 

VIZ.) f nee tbat. 
Si:hence<0r Sithncfs, yeeing tbat, 

or fince ; nvbicb lafl Word is tb^ 

Qontraition of Sithence. 
Sithes, ^im^s. (Sax.) 
Snarl, to intangle, to embarrafs, 
Sneb, to fnub, or cbeck* 
Snubbs, Knots in Wood. 
Sold, bire, pay. 
Sooce, f-weet, orfweetly. 
Spo(h, true, or trutb, an old Sax. 

Word; from ivbenci is deri*i/d 
Sooth' uying. 
Soothly or footnlich, tntfy. 

SAlew'd, faluted. 
Sam, /or fame I fimetimes it 

fignifies togetber. 
S.amjte, Satin. 
Scarmoges, fkirmifhes. 
Scath, (Sax.) Harm, Mifcbief. 
Serine, (Lat. Scrijiium^ Cojfir^ 

'Sdeign,/ffr Difdain. 
Sear, dry, confuted. 
SttXy, fily. 
Selcoach, uncommon ; a compound of Spire, Lat. fpiro, to Ireatbe^ 

Seld and couxhp /. *. felJam Springal, al\'utb. 
^ Juiown.. 


Sovenance, Remembrance. (Fr.) 
Spall es, Sboulder^f a Contraaion 

of tbe Fr. Efpaules. 
Spar, tbe bar of a Gate. 
Sper or ^ar the Gate, fajlen tbt 

Sperft, for dijter/d. 
Spill, to (foil, corrupt, dcfiroy. 



Sgnise fVdkf Queen, Book 9, 
CoMtg I, Stansca S^, J put fir 
Square, fir tin fakt rfB^inu* 

Stadle, Stajf. 

Stales, bricks ; Stala in ^axn fig* 
mfies Theft. 

Stank, tjiieary, 9r fiunt. 

iStar-read, DoOriMt 9f 4ht $tkrs^ 


Steao^ fir Stomi» 

Sted, ajlofuf, or/eat* 

.Stent, fir fiint. 

Stenre, i&i ;« Do men in Bale 

tp fterve (Fai^ ^^9 Book z. 
Canto 6, Stauza 34^ i. e. maki 
Men to die ih $orro*w. 

Steven, Sax. Soimd, Noi/e, 

ScoM i'^^' Stola, M Rohe or Veil 

Stonnd, Hwry Time, Seafon ; fome^ 
times it figntfies Misfir{unep as 
ill Stoiind, Uke the Fr. Mai- 

Stonnd, fir ftnnnM. 

Stour or Stowcr, Trouble, Misfire 
tune. Attack, Fit. 

Skrcnc, fir Strain, Rflce, Defcent» 

Sty, tojoar, toafcend 

Snbteril, overthrown. 

Sorbett, ^wearied, 

^Surquedry, Pride, Frefumption. 
The Utteralfenfe of this fVord is 
Over- thinking fiom the old Fr. 
Surcnider, a compound cf Sur, 
mhonje, and cuider, to think, 

^elt, iurnd, con/wnd <with heat; 
from nvhence comes our fultryf'i.t. 
Stweltry ; fometimet it figntfies to 
fwoon, faint away or die,. 

^werve, to nvamfir. 

^wink. Labour, Saxj. 


TE D E, Lot, Teda, a Torch. 
Teen, Trouble, Mi/chief;- 
it is vfed alfo hy Spenfer as a 
Verb, and figntfies to excite, or 
pronfki io do a thing. 
X^wet, Sax. Qualities, i/anmrs^ 

Thewed, mannered', as well tha¥«^ 

ed, *well manner d. 
Th^k,this, thai, 
Tho, then -, the Sax. is Thonoe. 
Thralled, enjlawd. 
Thralls, Slaves. 
Thrilling or thrillant, fierdng. 
Tickle, ticklifij, fiippery. 
Tide, Tiim ; a tide, for anuhUip 
Tides, Seafons. 
Tight, tied. 

Tim a Noun for Teen, TrotAle^ 
Tine, a Ferh, to rage, or f mart. 
Tined (Fairy ^ueen. Book 4, CaaS^ 

II. Stanza ^6,) fought. 
Tort^ fr. Wrong, 
Tortioos, full of Wrong. 
Totty, Mj^, tottering. 
Tramels, Nets. 
Tjranfmew, transform. 
Treachour or Treachetour, Traitor^ 
Tread, Footing, Path. 
Treague, Agreenunt, or Intripie. 
Treen, of a Tree -, as treen Moulds 

i. e. the Motdd or Shape of m 

Troad or Trode (of tread) Pooting. 
Tumament, a fort tffingUCom* 

hat on Horfe-hack, emdcomsnonfy 

wth Lances ; called fo from tba 

frequent turning of their Horfii 

en the Engagemgntp 
Twiten, to biatne. 

A D E D, gem : Lot., Tadp, 

to go. 

Vantap;e, Profit, Advantage. 
Ventail, that part of tho Helsnef 

*which is ma^ to lift up. 
Venteth into die Wind, fiufs tb^ 

Vild, nnle. 

Virelays, a fort of Songs. 
Vifnomy^ Pkrjfiognmy, Vife^^ Af* 

Umbriere, thf Vi/or of the £M* 


, Vnes^ 

A G L O S S A R T, 


Uneadi, SJUuit^ fcatalf^ wi^i 
Sficuhj \ fimttimis itfigmJUt al^ 

UncoQth, oddf de/brm*J, firtmgi^ 
it is rf Saxon Deri'vation^ and 
wriginalfy fignijies onknown. 

Under-fong* Sax» to takt in brntJ^ 
toattUHft to hHtOfn 

X^ndight, loofio^d vmt^d^ 

Unkde, to tmtamr^ to txpofi to 

IJnkcn'd, not imown* 

Unkempt, Lot, incomptiu, «»• 

Unlich* u/idfy poetical. Licence /or 

Unfooty unfiveet. 
Unwares to Wight, unknenvn to 

any bodjf. 
Unweetingy unknowing^ ttnawares» 
Unwifty unAnotvnt not thought of. 
UpbraySji Upbraidings^ Reproacbeu. 


WAGE, fometimes fignifitt 
the fame ai gage or fledge^ 
War, ivorfe. 
Ware, nvaryt cautions, 
Wai«lcf8, M'fj^* 
War-hable, apt for War^ a Com* 

found of^zx and hable» Lat. 

habilis, apt^ nimhle. 
Warray , to dtjlurb or make War upon* 
War- old, otd in War or Strife. 
Watchet, pale, blue, 
Wawcs (Fairy Queen, Book 2, 

Canto 12, Stanza 4.) put , for 

tbefake of Rlnme, for Wafves, 

or perhaps for Woes. 
Wayment. to bewail ^ a Compotmd 

of Waye or Woe, and lament. 
Weal-away, alas! 
Ween or weenen, to think, to be 

of opinion. 
Weet, to know ; to weeten, to tuit. 
Wectlefs, un-kno^'ing. 
Weft, nvaved, avoided , fometimes 

it fignifies •wafted. 
Weft {a Noun) a St- . any thing 

ibat wanders and is .//. 

Weld, to move, to nmald, iogp^uirt$i^ 

Welk, to fet, decree^, nmtEer. 

Welkin, Sky. 

Well, to fpring. mr flew* 

Welter, to wallow. 

Wend, Sax* Wendan, i9 iant^ 

Went, going, conrfe. 

Wex, to wax, to grow^ to ioeome^ 

Whally or Whdly,Jlroak'dor/ri^d^ 

Whereas, in our old Writers Jignt" 

As no more than where. 
Whilom, t^er-wbile, foemtrly^ or m 

a nubile. y 

Wight, Creature, Perfon. 
Wightly, quickly. 
Wimble, an jidjeSive) fbifting u 

and fro. • 
Wimpled, folded over UktesVeiL 
Wife, Guife, Appearance. 
Wift, thought or knew; from th^ 
Sax. Wiilan, or the Germ. WiiTen, 

to know. 
Wite (a Noun) Blame, Refroach^ 

from the Sax. Witan, to Uami^ 

or accufe. 
Wite or witen (a Verb) to bUant* 
Woe begon, overwelm*d with 

Wonne (a Verb) to dwell, orfr^ 

fuent, fromihe Sax. Wunian, or 

the Germ. Wonen, of the fama 

Wonne or Wonmng a (Noun) 

Wood, o^Wode, nuul. 
Wote, to know, to befenjihle of^ 
Woxcn, for wax*d. 
Wreakful, revengeful^ 
Wrizlcd, vjrinkled. 
Wroken, nureaked, revenged* 

[N. B. The Letter Y it frequentfy 
placed in the beginning of a Word 
by Spenier, to lengthen it a SyU 

YBENT bent, inched, air 
Yblent* blinded. 




YbfCM, iurnt. 

Yclad, tlad, (loibtd. 

Ycleped, lalied, namtJ. 

Vtltad, feartd, ireaiitJ. 

Yede, cryead, laga. 

Yeoman, finutimci fignifies Str- 

.Yev«(i, givM. 
Vfere, lagtlhtr. Sax. 
Y50, gate. 

Mike, />r a!,h. 
Ymolt, titthe^. 
Yod or yode (Pra:lirT(Hft o/yedt) 

Yold, yiMJ. 

Yond, hrjonJ; from die MonlTer 

yond f Fairy ^ten, Beei iii. 

Casta 7. Stanza id.) 1. e, front 

btyand the Mtaficr. 
Yora, as of yore, ftrmtr^. 
Youngth, Youth. 

Jfpent, pint up, nrfeldtdtiktSbtep. 
Ypigllt, flactd. 
Yrapt, rttptin an Extafy. 
YrokCj ■ ywraken or ywroken, 

lureak'd, rivciig'J. 
Yfame, tegttber. 
VdtCDd, lo/poiiy It tU/gract. 
Ywis cr Iwjs,' f0 By etiiM Kntiv-,